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Who said, "English is a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary"?

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The correct, complete quote appears to be:

"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

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Jun 27 2006, 11:43 AM
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