|All these countries use English as an official or de facto official language.|
Note all those green dots in the oceans... island nations seem to love English!
It did come from an island after all.
|French pilots have to begrudgingly ask in English to land at|
Heathrow. This never ceases to amuse British Air Traffic Control.
English is a West Germanic language, along with German, Dutch, Afrikaans, the Frisian languages of the Netherlands and Yiddish. Most interestingly, English is a pluricentric language, meaning it has several standard written and spoken forms. Unlike Spanish and French, English has no regulatory bodies to decide which forms of English are "correct", so we take it upon ourselves to argue over who is right. There are so many dialects that linguists have had to divide them into geographical groups: British Isles dialects, American dialects, and Australasian dialects!
In the end, there is no way to decide if one dialect is superior to another, and why try? We should enjoy the linguistic diversity of English, and all the fun it provides us with as we mock our fellow English speakers in pathetic attempts at their native accents! The Irish probably haven't said "top of the morning" in over 200 years, yet it just won't die.