the main language of England and the rest of Britain, North America, a great part of the British Commonwealth, South Africa and some other countries.
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South African English:
It is well-known that South African English (SAE) has, since the time of the 1820 Settlers, developed an accent which sets it apart from other dialects. Furthermore, as Nelson Francis (The English Language 1967) says, 'In English, borrowing has been the most important source of new words.' Or as Jill Wolvaart, executive director of The Dictionary Unit for South African English, once put it, 'English is like a sponge, English speakers use words from other languages and anglicise them.' It’s not surprising, then, that SAE has followed the same trend of using 'loan words' - or 'adoptives' as Prof Desmond Cole called them. ('English,' he said, 'doesn’t return the words it borrows.') In fact, it can be argued that no other variety of English has quite such a diverse, but at the same time fully integrated, vocabulary taken from other languages. These items are not merely superfluous additions or 'top dressings' to the language – we use them for convenience, for colloquial informality, or because there is no English word for what we want to say or speak about – or simply that we enjoy them.
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