Friday, November 09, 2007

Your thought for Friday

"English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them down, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar and spellings."

Addendum: Guy Haas has given me the source for this: James D. Nicoll.

The proper quote is actually this:

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."


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