English Is Not the Official Language of the United States

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By Matt Rosenberg ThoughtCo

The English language developed in Europe in the middle ages. It was named after a Germanic tribe, the Angles, that migrated to England. The language has been developing for over a thousand years. While its roots are Germanic the language has adopted many words that originated in other languages. With words from many different languages making their way into the modern English lexicon as well. French and Latin are two languages that had a large impact on modern English.

Why English Is Not the Official Language of the United States

Even when the United States was made up of various colonies multiple languages were commonly spoken. While most colonies were under British rule immigrants from all over Europe choose to make “the new world” their home. For this reason, during the first Continental Congress, it was decided that no official language would be chosen. Today many think declaring an official National language could violate the first amendment but this has been untested in the courts. Thirty-one states have chosen to make it the official state language. English may not be the official language of the United States but it is the most widely spoken language in the country, with Spanish as the second most common language.

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  1. Although I don’t believe details were given, I read in a newspaper, a while back, that English, rather than German was made the official language by the casting vote of an Irishman. There again, it is said that the only thing likely to be true in any newspaper is the date.