Copernicus: Assessing English Skills
"The heavenly bodies do not all move round the same centre." This is the first of seven axioms written down by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in the 16th century. So it is with English today: across the world, the language is not evolving around the same centre.
"Compared to the distance of the fixed stars, the earth's distance from the sun is negligibly small." This is Copernicus's fourth axiom - and it, too, can be applied to 21st-century English. The differences that exist between native speakers (for example, British and American English) are . . .
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