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  • Today, English is South Africa's lingua franca, and the primary language of government, business, and commerce
  • South Africa's Asian people, most of whom are Indian in origin, are largely English-speaking
  • Around half of South Africa's people have a speaking knowledge of English
  • According to the 2011 census, English is spoken as a home language by almost 5- million people
  • English was declared the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822 (replacing Dutch)
  • As a home language, English is most common in Gauteng

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Language: English

the nineteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a consonant, and is often called a sibilant, in allusion to its hissing sound. It has two principal sounds; one a mere hissing, as in sack, this; the other a vocal hissing (the same as that of z), as in is, wise. Besides these it sometimes has the sounds of sh and zh, as in sure, measure. It generally has its hissing sound at the beginning of words, but in the middle and at the end of words its sound is determined by usage. In a few words it is silent, as in isle, debris. With the letter h it forms the digraph sh. See Guide to pronunciation, // 255-261.

Language: English

(n.) A Mexican liliaceous plant (Schoenocaulon officinale); also, its seeds, which contain the alkaloid veratrine. It was formerly used in medicine as an emetic and purgative.

Language: English

(n.) A genus of palm trees including the palmetto of the Southern United States.

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