Great Britain: Lingua Anglica

Britain and the U.S. were urged last week to join in a massive drive to export one of their most precious natural resources : the English language. As a "truly universal language," said Sir David Eccles, Britain's Minister of Education, English could become "a great instrument for the creation of one world."

English is already the mother tongue of 250 million people; it is the second language of 250 million others. It has long been the language of world commerce and, said Eccles, is rapidly becoming "the accepted language of development and aid in all continents." Even Communist-bloc engineers on...

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