[Foundation-l] English language dominationism is striking again

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Tue Jun 22 19:33:12 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamokos at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 6:32 PM, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> > Don't most Internet users know enough English to be able to search for
> > "pictures of a horse" in English?
> >
> > (According to Wikipedia (
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Internet_usage),
> > yes...  "Most Internet users speak the English language as a native or
> > secondary language.")
> >
> If I read the data in the article correctly, most means 35%.

Since "most" means more than 50%, I don't think you read it correctly.  The
35% figure seems to be only native English speakers.

> If we consider
> that current English native speakers mostly already have internet and those
> without internet are likelier than not to be non-English speakers I would
> be
> careful to advocate the unilateral use of English.

As would I, though I don't think you mean what you said.

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