Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Languagehat points us to a great quote, and the search for its source:

"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."
     — James D. Nicoll

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