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John McWhorter Quotes

The war on drugs is what makes thugs.
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English, however, is kinky. It has a predilection for dressing up like Welsh on lonely nights.

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In the nineteenth century, poetry was a bestselling genre rather than the cultish phenomenon it is now.

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Linguists traditionally observe that esteemed writers have been using they as a gender-neutral pronoun for almost a thousand years. As far back as the 1400s, in the Sir Amadace story, one finds the likes of Iche mon in thayre degree ("Each man in their degree").

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We must neither behave as children by resisting honesty, nor allow ourselves to be treated as children by having honesty withheld.

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We're all Dennis Hopper now.

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Loving your language means a command of its vocabulary beyond the level of the everyday.

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Most languages spoken by a few thousand people are so complicated they make your head swim; a Siberian yak herder's language is much more complicated than a Manhattan bond trader's.

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People have been warning us that language was going to the dogs ever since Latin started turning into French. Yet the dogs in question never seem to emerge yelping on the horizon.

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Racism is not dead. Definitely, there are these biases.

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As languages go, English is pretty user friendly. If you look at a tiny language spoken somewhere that most of us have never heard of, chances are it's going to be so complicated that you have a hard time imagining how people can walk around speaking it without having a stroke.

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As a linguist, I see the arbitrariness of strictures editors force on me as a writer.

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This was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with foreign languages.

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