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  • According to the 2011 census, English is spoken as a home language by almost 5- million people
  • South Africa's Asian people, most of whom are Indian in origin, are largely English-speaking
  • 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
  • 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

Z, the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. It is taken from the Latin letter Z, which came from the Greek alphabet, this having it from a Semitic source. The ultimate origin is probably Egyptian. Etymologically, it is most closely related to s, y, and j; as in glass, glaze; E. yoke, Gr. /, L. yugum; E. zealous, jealous. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 273, 274.

Language: English

(n.) An old solfeggio name for B flat; the seventh harmonic, as heard in the or aeolian string; — so called by Tartini. It was long considered a false, but is the true note of the chord of the flat seventh.

Language: English

(n.) An oil pressed by the Arabs from the fruit of a small thorny tree (Balanites Aegyptiaca), and sold to piligrims for a healing ointment.

Language: English

(n.) A pigment obtained, usually by roasting cobalt glance with sand or quartz, as a dark earthy powder. It consists of crude cobalt oxide, or of an impure cobalt arseniate. It is used in porcelain painting, and in enameling pottery, to produce a blue color, and is often confounded with smalt, from which, however, it is distinct, as it contains no potash. The name is often loosely applied to mixtures of zaffer proper with silica, or oxides of iron, manganese, etc.

Language: English

(n.) A Turkish chief who supports a mounted militia bearing the same name.

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