Re: [mythsoc] Re: language change
- On 4/29/2011 9:52 PM, Alana Abbott wrote:
> Yay, the real quote! James Nicoll is a reviewer for /Publishers
> Weekly/ (as am I), so I was thrilled to get the back story of his quote
> on our mailing list a few years ago. :) I'm so glad you posted the whole
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:42 PM, Margaret Dean <margdean56@...
> <mailto:margdean56@...>> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM, Darrell A. Martin
> <darrellm@... <mailto:darrellm@...>> wrote:
> > 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
I have heard a paraphrase of this quote in about half a dozen versions,
over the years. Hence "it is said". I'm glad to get the whole thing, and
Classic Usenet, with no consideration for the feelings of the poor
cribhouse whores even in the period after it switched from the original
clay tablets to papyrus.