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  • lynnmaudlin
    Apr 29, 2011
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      Are we defending the "purity of English"?? We are not the Académie française, after all--!! We're discussing history and bemoaning the passing of the intimate singular second person (huh! good thing I'm first person, eh?!). {{grin}}

      -- Lynn --


      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, Margaret Dean <margdean56@...> wrote:
      >
      > On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM, Darrell A. Martin
      > <darrellm@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > On 4/29/2011 12:48 AM, lynnmaudlin wrote:
      > > > ESPECIALLY in English, of all things! English, that grand snowball rolling downhill of a language, gathering pebbles and branches and slow animals in its path...! ;)
      > > >
      > > > -- Lynn --
      > >
      > > Lynn:
      > >
      > > It is said that English does not borrow from other languages. It waits
      > > for them to go into dark alleys, beats them up, and takes whatever it wants.
      >
      > "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, 1990, in the Usenet group
      > rec.arts.sf-lovers
      >
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