14) CORRECTION: JAMES NICOLL ATE'NT DEAD!
Last month's Bugarup Campus newsround included the following item:
Libwolf the BU Librarian quoted the following in his sig-line: "The
problem with defending the purity of the English language is that
the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only
borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other
languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled
their pockets for new vocabulary."~ James Nicoll, 1846-1918
Reader Tamar was somewhat surprised:
The statement was by James Nicoll, but what's this about
"1846-1918"? He's still alive and living in Canada, last I heard.
Google for "James Nicoll" and bizarre accidents - there's a list of
the ones he has posted about, and somewhere in there he mentions his
statement about English. He also sells t-shirts (many others sell
variations of what he wrote on t-shirts, but his have what he
Despite his habit of taking credit for something I said more than 70 years after his death, I bear my painter namesake no ill-will. I'd link to his wikipedia entry but alas, it was deleted in wikipedia's ongoing war on information people might actually find useful.
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- In which I am not dead