Decolonising the English Language

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Bad writers, and especially scientific, political, and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones.

– George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Altho English is a Germanic language, only 26% of English words come from the proto-Germanic tongue. About 60% are from Romance languages, half being French and half being Latin. Many of these words are used in scientific, legal, aristocratic, or militaristic contexts.

The most widely-spoken language in the world is English, as seen in almost all fields of human behaviour, such as technology, politics, education, law, and mass media. How widely a language is spoken is a sign of the power of its native speakers. After the British Empire set English as the common language among the colonies, it became the world’s leading language of law, education, and commerce. In later years, American dominance in economics, trade, science and technology, transportation, and…

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