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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Language is fluid, like a river — it flows, changes direction, and sometimes stinks.

Have you read Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (c.1385)? Here's a quote:
"And for ther is so gret diversite 
In Englissh and in writing of oure tonge, 
So prey I God that non miswrite thee, 
Ne thee mysmetre for defaute of tonge;"


Bettyjane said...

I don't think this "stinks". It's glorious! Have you ever read Chaucer?

The Grammar Anarchist said...

Of course I've read Chaucer. V-E-R-Y SLOWLY! Try writing a blog with words like that! Oh wait -- there are a ton of them!

Bettyjane said...

Funny! I can read Chaucer, but I can't read twitters or tweets or whatever. M I rite?

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