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  • According to the 2011 census, English is spoken as a home language by almost 5- million people
  • Today, English is South Africa's lingua franca, and the primary language of government, business, and commerce
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  • English was declared the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822 (replacing Dutch)

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Language: English

the twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, is usually a consonant, but sometimes it is a vowel, forming the second element of certain diphthongs, as in few, how. It takes its written form and its name from the repetition of a V, this being the original form of the Roman capital letter which we call U. Etymologically it is most related to v and u. See V, and U. Some of the uneducated classes in England, especially in London, confuse w and v, substituting the one for the other, as weal for veal, and veal for weal; wine for vine, and vine for wine, etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 266-268.

Language: English

A colloquial contraction of was not.

Language: English

(n.) The grivet.

Language: English

(n.) The burning bush; — said to be called after a quack medicine made from it.

Language: English

(v. i.) To move staggeringly or unsteadily from one side to the other; to vacillate; to move the manner of a rotating disk when the axis of rotation is inclined to that of the disk; — said of a turning or whirling body; as, a top wabbles; a buzz saw wabbles.

Language: English

(a.) Inclined to wabble; wabbling.

Language: English

(n.) Alt. of Wacky

Language: English

(n.) A soft, earthy, dark-colored rock or clay derived from the alteration of basalt.

Language: English

(n.) Woad.

Language: English

(n.) An earthy oxide of manganese, or mixture of different oxides and water, with some oxide of iron, and often silica, alumina, lime, or baryta; black ocher. There are several varieties.

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