Or, The After Effects of colonization by the British Empire
Pew Internet: Future of the Internet [September 24, 2006] is a survey of internet leaders, activists, and analysts which shows that a majority agree with predictions for 2020. It offers some interesting predictions. And, some that are commonsense.
“English will be a universal language of global communications, but other languages will not be displaced. Indeed, many felt other languages such as Mandarin, would grow in prominence.”
Wikipedia offers Evolution of The British Empire which states,
“The English language is now a dominant or official language in many countries formerly under British rule.”
“Due to the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the British Empire in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, English has achieved lingua franca status worldwide.”
That would have been its settlements, royal colonies, dominions, protectorates, Trust Territories and Thirteen Colonies.
[British Empire, 1897. The British Possessions are coloured Red.]
All cards and letters regarding English language usage should be addressed to The British Empire, Whitehall, London.