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Grumble - 5: Why I love the English Language

Because it isnít English at all, itís a bodged up cut and shunt job from twenty or thirty different languages. Stuffed full of inconsistencies and illogical structure. Chaotic. Unpredictable. I love English because it accommodates such subtleties by being flexible enough to bend practically in two and still not break. Lovely. A new concept? Great. Ram two words together (like German), drop two thirds of the letters (unlike German) and voila, youíve got a wifi. We should take the nationĖcentricity out of this, maybe give it a new name to diffuse any lingering prejudice, and celebrate it as a global language. Itís got everything you ever need to say and probably more.