But the British soon got the hang of profanity.
It would diminsh the value of Britain's multilingualism, promote a monolingual ideology and discriminate against speakers of other languages.
Africa's current situation has a parallel in European history - the Reformation and the changes it wrought in terms of language exceptionalism.
South Africa must be seen as a country for speakers of all its official languages rather than an English-only elite.
The world is becoming increasingly connected, but local accents still define who we are.
Perception of truth and lies changes between languages for bilingual speakers.
It's a multi-lingual effect.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
Do you wince at a mispronounced 'Moet'? Do you cringe at unintentional portmanteau words, like 'misunderestimated' or 'insinuendo'? You are not alone.
Using purpose-built English language tests for purposes other than what they were created to test reduces the validity of these tests.
The Mississippi is characterised in America as male, while the Indians see the Ganges as female.
Contrary to some reports, there is no new English language test for international students - the government is simply expanding standards already being met by most providers.
New census data provides a chance to understand why immigrants earn lower wages than Canadians who have been here for many generations. Whether immigrants speak English at home may be a clue.
Anglophones have long complained that their language and culture are marginalised. They say if this doesn't change, they must be granted independence.
Extremists haven't always been associated with violence, or religious views.
Whether it's due to native language loss or unsupported high school curricula, the lack of bilingualism in the US is notable. Why can't more Americans speak another language? How should that change?
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Here is a handful of extremely useful expressions with political application which have fallen by the wayside, but remain apt and adept today.
Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
The English language will be one of the most important things the UK leaves behind in the EU.