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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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More than 30 dictionary titles on PharosOnline
Afrikaans-Engels/English-Afrikaans Dictionary (Pharos 2010)
Verklarende Afrikaanse Woordeboek (Labuschagne & Eksteen 2010)
Bilingual School Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (Pharos 2016)
English Dictionary for South African Schools (Pharos 2015)
Tesourus van Afrikaans (De Stadler & De Stadler 2007)
Sinonieme en verwante woorde (Buro van die WAT 2006)
Groot Woordeboek Afrikaans en Nederlands (Pharos 2011)
Lys Klassieke Eiename – Eng./Afr. (Taalkommissie 1984)
South African Multilingual Dictionary (Pharos 2015)
English/Afrikaans/Zulu/Xhosa Aid (Uys 2002)
English/Afrikaans/Northern Sotho/Tswana Aid (Uys 2008)
Afrikaans-Japannese Woordeboek (Kotzé 2015)
Verklarende Biologiewoordeboek (Webb, De Villiers & Du Toit 1983)
Botanical Dictionary (SA Akademie 1972)
Brug-woordelys – Eng./Afr. explanatory (Dorfling 2003)
Building Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (SA Akademie 1960)
New Business Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (Geldenhuys & Viljoen-Smook 2009)
Dictionary of Economics and Business – Eng./Afr. (Steenkamp & Reynders 2004)
Filatelieterme – Afr./Eng. (Filatelistevereniging & SA Akademie 1977)
Geologiese en verwante terme – Afr./Eng. (SA Akademie 1953)
Dictionary for the Health Sciences – Eng./Afr. (Lochner & Brink 2011)
Mathematics Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (SA Akademie 1987)
SA Music Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (SA Akademie 2000)
Dictionary of Oceanology – Eng./Afr. (Lutjeharms 2004)
Police Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (Du Toit 1994)
Property Economics – Eng./Afr. (Rode 2005)
Radio-TV-Theatre-Film Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (SA Akademie 1999)
Woordeboek van Regs- en Handelsterme – Eng./Afr. explanatory (Smuts & Smuts 1992)
Encyclopaedic Dictionary of short-term insurance – Eng./Afr. (Lindstrom 2012)
Technical Dictionary – Eng./Afr. (Terblanche 2003)
Water and Sewage Works Terms – Eng./Afr. (SA Akademie 1967)
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