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The Only Global Language July 17, 2015

Posted by anagasto in history, language.
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London_Eye_Twilight by D.Diliff

They ended up learning English even in Russia and in China.

It was necessary. The technology comes in English first, weeks and months before it appears very poorly translated in other languages.

English is the number one language because of the way England ruled its complicated Empire starting more than 200 years ago, built up its fleet, defeated Napoleon, and then came out poor but victorious in the two terrible wars of the 20th century.

And England also had Shakespeare.
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tn cid 1160286208 Westminster Palace 01

The Westminster Palace is the United Kingdom parliament where the Empire figured out its framework.

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windsor

Windsor Castle : It is the largest castle in the world, probably the most famous, and it has been inhabited all the time for about 900 years and is the Queen’s official country residence.

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tower of London

The Tower of London. It was a fortress, but also the king’s residence and a prison.

There is a curtain wall of 13 towers, and each tower has its own well-known name. The White Tower is also called the Bloody Tower because it was the scene of some high profile executions.

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buckingham palace

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence. It is called the Buck House. Her own picture is known the world over, though she keeps herself at an incredible distance :

the queen

Here she is, just getting married. Her name is Elizabeth the Second, because there was another queen of that name = Shakespeare’s Elizabeth, a hard act to follow.

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David Illiff Greylag_Goose_in_St_James's_Park,_London.

Greylag Goose in a London Park from >>>> The gallery of David Illiff  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

All of this is or was very great, and behind that was the F L E E T.

And then, as of last century, the cultural hegemony of the United States brought about an immense expansion of English.

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tower bridge

The Tower Bridge with its twin drawbridges. From the bridge you can see Her Majesty’s Ship “Belfast”, a monument to D-Day = June 6, 1944 :

HMS belfast

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Below is Blenheim, the place where Churchill was born.

blenhiem churchill

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So the greatest of them all, Shakespeare and Churchill :

churchill-the-war-correspondent

Churchill as the greatest military and civil leader, maybe of all times or at least since the Greeks, also as a writer ;

and Shakespeare as the greatest of poets in the Western world.

shakespeare play clusters

[Dante, Goethe, the poets of Greece and those of the Bible come second because they are not as widely read anymore and cannot be read by so many people in their original language.]

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Finally, riding the wave, come the global bestsellers : the Beatles, Alice, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter each with an intricate Wonderland of their own :

the beatles

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alice talking to the cat… ….harry potter

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lord of the rings

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The sunset panorama view, the goose with her daisies, and the top photo called The London Eye are from >>>> the gallery of David Diliff

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Comments»

1. David - September 18, 2010

She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah.

2. cantueso - September 18, 2010

I went and asked and was told that this was a line from a Beatles song, but what does it mean in this context?

3. David - October 7, 2010

No extra contextual meaning intended. I like to quote song lyrics for no apparent reason. And I’m an Anglophile and I loved the Beatles.

4. cantueso - October 9, 2010

I see. For me to guess it was the Beatles you would have had to quote Monday, Monday or Imagine all those people. I rather like their music, but was surprised yesterday watching the Google logo video that Lennon’s face looks as vapid as his lyrics.

5. David - October 12, 2010

John Lennon would have turned 70 last week. As to his placid visage, it matched his understated wit. My favorite example was when journalists at Heathrow asked how he’d found America after returning from their first US tour. His reply: “Turned left at Greenland”.

Monday Monday was from a band called The Mamas and the Papas. Your ignorance of popular music gives my ignorance of everything else a good run for its money. :) But I’m happy to hear you like their music. I remember a musicologist pontificating on the Beatles’ melodic appeal having some connection to Medieval modalities.

6. cantueso - April 8, 2011

Medieval!
Sorry I did not see this post before.
I didn’t know he was witty, and his lyrics don’t show it. But that is not surprising.
I am not able to appreciate Mozart, though I can discern that the very best minds are among his followers, but I have read many of his letters, and they are nothing.

7. tabernero - December 13, 2012

Easy. If a rhythm follows the lyrics, it’s middle ages.
If the lyrics are secondary to a rhythm, it’s modern.


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