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Booker T. Washington

Postby sardith » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:07 am


Today is Booker T. Washington's birthday, and he said something that I find thought provoking, and so I share:

"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."

Any thoughts?

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Postby Slava » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:01 pm

I worked with someone who used this as his signature/tag for a while. Great quote.

A counter-argument, though; is English mugging other languages, or are certain of their words insinuating themselves into English?

And the ultimate question, are we headed for an eventual universal language?
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