An official language is a language that is given a special legal status in a particular country, state, or other jurisdiction. Typically a country's official language refers to the language used within its government - its courts, parliament, administration, etc. - to run its operations and conduct its business. Since "the means of expression of a people cannot be changed by any law", the term "official language" does not typically refer to the language used by a people or country, but by its government.
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“... it is a rather curious thing to have to divide ones life into personal and official compartments and temporarily put the personal side into its hidden compartment to be taken out again when ones official duties are at an end.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt (18841962)
“This is an approach to that universal language which men have sought in vain.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)