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Quotes of the Day for 21 March 2004 – English

A reader reports that her friend just received a PhD in English, and asked for quotes on the subject. I trust that said friend is now equipped with his own subscription and can enjoy this theme. (And, like you, come to realize my awesome talent at abusing the language in one daily paragraph.)

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The quotes:

Belladonna (n): In Italian, a beautiful lady; in English, a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
     - Ambrose Bierce

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
     - Clarence Seward Darrow, 1857 - 1938

More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor.
     - John W. Vessey, Jr

By its very looseness, by its way of evoking rather than defining, suggesting rather than saying, English is a magnificent vehicle for emotional poetry.
     - Max Beerbohm

The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed."
     - Dorothy Parker, 1893 - 1967

If the King's English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me!
     - Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson, Governor of Texas 1925-27

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