The English Wikipedia is the English-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Founded on 15 January 2001 and reaching four million articles by July 2012, it was the first edition of Wikipedia and remains the largest, with almost three times as many articles as the next largest, the Dutch Wikipedia. As of June 2014, nearly 14.2% of articles in all Wikipedias belong to the English-language edition. This share has gradually declined from more than 50% in 2003, due to the growth of Wikipedias in other languages. There are 4,541,856 articles on the site (live count). In December 2012, the combined text of the English Wikipedia’s articles totaled roughly 9.7 gigabytes.
The Simple English Wikipedia is a variation, with most of the articles using a simplified level of English vocabulary. There are also two other “English” Wikipedias, the Scots Wikipedia (Scots Wikipaedia) which aims to preserve the vocabulary and grammar of the Scots language in all its forms over the past nine centuries, and the Old English (?nglisc/Anglo-Saxon) Wikipedia.
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