Favorite Quote #4

Saw this on a t-shirt at RT Con 2009 during the book fair and even got a picture.

“English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.”

This is a paraphrase of the original quote said by James Nicoll. The original quotation: “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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