This is featuring again in conversations, probably due to Brexit and the freedom granted by the media to express multiple racist comments (apparently over 150 in reply to a local news story about a new child from Calais being reunited with family).
I don’t agree with the idea /ideology of English being the universal language – and I think it’s in most cases due to the immaturity of computing to date as well as global trade.
It appears to be further evidence of the ossification of UK/US with structures so solidified that it has very little flexibility to adapt.
I have started a Russian language course and although I’d quite like to travel back in time and have words with St Cyril about character case; some of it is quite similar to Turkish and I can say please, thank you, water, fruit, coffee, tea so once I have kick, block, strike and punch 😉
However hard it is for Brits & US citizens to adapt, it is possible by learning other languages and I do believe that a multi lingual world is all for the better. You can’t just reduce a language to one set of words and say this is how it’s going to be, that ignores the sources which make up languages in the first place.
Top Internet languages:
What the British Library says about English as a global language: http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/case-studies/minority-ethnic/
What the Oxford English dictionary has to say about its sources: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/the-history-of-english