why is english the universal language?

February 12, 2007 10:53am CST
when? where? how did it start? who made it as the universal language?
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@urbandekay (18308)
12 Feb 07
At the start of the 20 century Britain controlled the largest empire the world has ever known including a quarter of the Earth's population and a Quarter of the Earth's land mass. Many of these countries used English as there primary or secondry language. Britain's predominance at sea led to English becoming the langugage of sea navigation and in conjunction with US, air navigation. Britons are largely responsible for development of the modern computer and Americans made it cheap and devised the software to run it. Britain and US developed the internet and a Britain the world wide web. Whilst English is very irregular, which can make it tricky to learn, it has many advantages. It has more words than other languages, over half a million catalogued and possibly a million as yet unclassified. The average native English speaker on graduating from a UK university may have a personal vocabulary in excess of the total vocabulary of languages like French. The abundance of words gives it a fluidity, subtlety and accuracy of expression that is unsuppressed. all the best urban