The purity of the English language

by Suw on

“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
“English is the result of Norman men-at-arms attempting to pick up Saxon barmaids and is no more legitimate than any of the other results.”
– H. Beam Piper
(Thanks Kate!)

Anonymous January 6, 2005 at

There is no pure language. The quotes are funny but not to be taken seriously.
The only pure languages are artificial coding languages I think, and look how enthralling they can be. People always nag about languages growing increasingly impure, but it's a fact that change is what defines language, it is what language is. Language is a creative process. Even the artificial languages are. In other words, even pure language are subject to change.
I'm not saying this to Suw :^P I know you know. I'm telling this to the passer-by who doesn't know.

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