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Bismarck's comment on the importance of English
On being asked the most important event in modern history, Otto von Bismarck's replies 'the fact that North Americans speak English'.
history of English
Hoffmann, Charlotte (2000). The Spread of English and the Growth of Multilingualism with English in Europe. in Cenosz, Jasone & Jessner, Ulrike (eds.).
English in Europe: the acquisition off a third language
. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., pp.1-21 [p.586]
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