A wonderful quote

“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.” — Anonymous

Which is why I love writing in English. The collection of available words is even called a word-hoard, as if acknowledging the shady origins of most of the words we use. Latin, German, Saxon, Norman, French, Italian, Spanish, various Indian languages, various African languages — we’ve plundered and pillaged them all.

And as a result, we can express sentiments both high and low, run rampant with poetry and profanity, and express ideas that more chaste languages cannot even conceive.

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