So where was I? Oh yes... as much as it pains me to say it, I have the suspicious feeling that we were beaten by the Americans in the American War of Independence in 1793 and thrown out of the Americas - I mean, if that's true (and I have no reason to doubt my source) we should have taken our language back, forbidden them to use it, made them develop their own language - like Spanglish, Esperanto, or Pidgin. There are lots of languages out there they could have had, why did they have to use ours? Although, I did see an unnerving report about dying languages here! At least English isn't dying. In fact, if I'm not too much mistaken, isn't it the International language? But... I was surprised to learn that it is only the third spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese (that's because they've got a lot of people - I mean, nobody can actually speak those Chinese characters, can they?), and Spanish (I know! I blame Christopher Columbus for that, but people probably only speak holiday Spanish to the tune of: "We're off to sunny Spain... Viva Espanya", or something like that).
Let's look at this phenomenon more closely. I remember Bernard Cornwell ( I love his Sharpe series - and Sean Bean was the perfect Sharpe in the TV series - I've got all the books (and the short stories) and the DVDs - brilliant! Oh, and if we'd made the Spanish speak English when we were tramping about in Spain then we'd be second in the spoken language list now - just a thought!) So, Bernie (I'm sure he won't mind me calling him that seeing as we're both authors) hated the fact that for the American version of Harlequin they changed the name to The Archer's Tale. At the time, I recall wondering why there was an American version anyway.