Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Tuesday Thought

E.B. White (1899-1985) wrote quite a bit about language. This quote is a nice summary of how he approached the topic:

"The living language is like a cowpath: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay in the narrow path she helped make, following the contour of the land, but she often profits by staying with it and she would be handicapped if she didn't know where it was or where it led to."

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