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The language spoken in the U.K., Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and sundry other places, and a second language for most Europeans and many in the rest of the world. English descends from the language spoken by the Angles and Saxons who invaded Britain at the beginning of the MiddleAges, usually referred to as OldEnglish. It has had large amount of influence from OldNorse and, thanks to the NormanConquest which gave England a French nobility, the FrenchLanguage. This fundamentally transformed its character. English has continued to amalglamate foreign words, especially Latin and Greek, to the present. ''Earlier contents of this page removed to BadJokesAndOtherDeletedNonsense.''