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Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum
In Globish, Robert McCrum examines how English became the de facto universal language. The empire building of England and then the United States allowed English to permeate cultures around the globe. Those who wanted to do business with the empires needed to learn a minimum of English to survive. Globish refers to a smaller version of the language, about 1500 words, that are commonly used by non-English people to do business, not just with those who speak the language, but with those who speak another language. English cell phone abbreviations are even used in non-English countries. Globish has received mostly positive reviews with the Portland Oregonian saying, "Globish, in all likelihood, will challenge billions to engage their imaginations and express them, on a global scale. And that's no mean feat."