English as it is Written

New York Herald

ENGLISH is written more than any other language. Statistics for 1898 emphasize the fact that more letters are written in English than in all the other languages together.

To be more exact, three-fourths of all the letters that go into the mails of the world are in English. This remarkable fact is the more impressive when we remember that only about one-fourth of the civilized world speaks our language. There are substantially 500,000,000 persons who speak the ten chief modern tongues, and of these 150,000,000 speak English. But the number is increasing rapidly—beyond all proportion as compared with the growth of other languages—and as the English-speaking people increase in numbers, not only do the letters in the language increase, but the number of letters per capita also increases.

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