lundi 16 août 2010

Second-rate tongue

Bill Bryson, in The Mother Tongue, opines that it is "a cherishable irony that a language that succeeded almost by stealth, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants, should one day become the most important and successful language in the world."

(As quoted by Howeard Richler in The Bawdy Language, which I'm currently reading.)

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