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Words for Us All

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary.

James Nicoll, 1846-1918

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mariannelee
Apr. 15th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
And that is why I love it so...
i_ate_my_crusts
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
er.. you do know that particular James Nicoll is not dead, he's on lj. james_nicoll, in fact. And that quote comes from rec.arts.sf.written, sometime in the late 90's.

:)
benpeek
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
hahaha. ah. that's funny.

a friend of mine sent it to me, but neither of us knew anything about who wrote it (she found it looking for something else, i believe). it's a cool quote though.
mme_publisher
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Coincidence
I saw that quote on a t-shirt at a Con in Seattle this weekend -- I'd never seen it before.

And there it is again.

benpeek
Apr. 16th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Coincidence
strange, hey? and it turns out the dude is alive and on livejournal. how is that for strangeness.
mme_publisher
Apr. 17th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Coincidence
If I'd only known I coulda got him a t-shirt.



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