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Why did English become the 'global language'?

English is the world's leading lingua franca or second language (see L2 speakers in the table below). According to David Crystal, this has nothing to do with its inherent qualities. Other linguists disagree:
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Why are Academy Awards called Oscars?

There is no definitive explanation as to how Oscar became the popular name for an Academy Award.

Why does the USA not have an official language?

58 countries have English as an official language - but not the USA.

Which countries do not have an official language?

According Henry Hitchings Language Wars (2011) these nations do not currently have an official primary language: UK see hereUSAthough 20 states now have an official language — see hereAustralia 80% speak English but not officialPakistan Urdu became official language in 2015 but  only spoken by 8% of population.EthiopiaAmharic is official language but most spoken is OromoSomaliaEritrea Costa Rica Why these countries?Read extended transcript on Medium 

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Why is English not the official language of England?

58 countries list English as an official language - but not the UK.