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  • English was declared the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822 (replacing Dutch)
  • As a home language, English is most common in Gauteng
  • South Africa's Asian people, most of whom are Indian in origin, are largely English-speaking
  • 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
  • Around half of South Africa's people have a speaking knowledge of English

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Language: English

Y, the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, at the beginning of a word or syllable, except when a prefix (see Y-), is usually a fricative vocal consonant; as a prefix, and usually in the middle or at the end of a syllable, it is a vowel. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 145, 178-9, 272.

Language: English

See under Y, n.

Language: English

Alt. of I-

Language: English

(n.) A South American crocodilian (Jacare sclerops) resembling the alligator in size and habits. The eye orbits are connected together, and surrounded by prominent bony ridges. Called also spectacled alligator, and spectacled cayman.

Language: English

(n.) A West Indian name for two large timber trees (Podocarpus coriaceus, and P. Purdicanus) of the Yew family. The wood, which is much used, is pale brownish with darker streaks.

Language: English

(n.) A light and elegantly furnished vessel, used either for private parties of pleasure, or as a vessel of state to convey distinguished persons from one place to another; a seagoing vessel used only for pleasure trips, racing, etc.

Language: English

(n.) One engaged in sailing a jacht.

Language: English

(n.) Sailing for pleasure in a yacht.

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