Reading Wired magazine the other day, I saw an incredible statistic. By 2020 people who speak English as their first language will make up only fifteen percent of the estimated two billion English speakers. That’s right. 85 percent of people speaking English in 2020 will be non-native speakers. Now that’s going to rattle the cages. It seems to me that a lot of the easy assumptions we make based on language will be given a good kick. What’s an ‘accent’ going to communicate when it (finally) becomes obvious that everyone has one? What’s correct if only, say, 10 percent of people say it that way – and most of the other 90 percent don’t even understand what it means?