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scot47 Jan 14th 2019 8:56 am

English-speaking World
I wonder how many have come across the rather neat expression "Anglosphere".

tooboocoo Jan 14th 2019 7:44 pm

Re: English-speaking World
Scot, I've been seeing that word for about 8-10 years now. Perhaps the columnist Mark Steyn was the first to use it regularly...?

BritInParis Jan 15th 2019 12:56 am

Re: English-speaking World
Many, many more times than ‘Ukania’.

faizanmalik Mar 2nd 2019 5:51 am

Re: English-speaking World
No doubt english is number one language in the whole world and more than 50% of world population speak english that's why it's number one langauge in the world...

scot47 Mar 2nd 2019 10:12 am

Re: English-speaking World
Anglosphere is not the same as "Ukania". The latter was a term coiuned by Tom Nairn to label "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" in its period of terminal decline and breakdown. There is an analogy with the use of "Kakania" to describe Austro-Hungary as it fragmented into its component parts circa 1916-1919. The "Anglosphere " means those countries where English is an official ;language - so includes US, Canada, New Zealand etc.

The abbreviation k.k. gave rise to the noun Kakania (spelling out the letter K [kah] twice as well as reminiscent of caca in the Central European languages). It was intended to describe the Habsburg Monarchy as a state of mind, bureaucratic and with a highly stratified formal society. A discussion of Kakania became a highlight of the first volume of Robert Musil's novel The Man Without Qualities (1930).

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