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#1. At all periods of the [English] language it is difficult to assign a beginning date to most new words and meanings. They tend to slip into the language silently, and are placed in date order only when scholars subsequently get to work. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#2. In 1776, at the point of severance, except for an infusion of words from east coast Indian languages, the English language of North America was not in any radical way dissimilar from that of what the American settlers called the mother country. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#3. The language of Doctor Johnson and Mrs Hester Lynch Thrale, and that of their adult contemporaries, was the stately language of the time, polished, stylish, unordinary, even in the intimate pages of their diaries, and the regime of instruction was severe and practical. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#4. Vulgarity finds its antidote; old crudities become softened with time. Distinctions, both those that are useful and those that are burdensome, flourish and die, reflourish and die again. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#5. Computer users soon learn that the miraculous powers of personal computers are based on avoidance of error. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#6. I believe it is imperative to see modern English grammar as a rich and diverse linguistic system deposited on our [England's] shores 1,500 years ago, and left with us unweakened, though substantially changed by the social and political events of the intervening period. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#7. The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#8. Lexicography is a chastening as well as an illuminating and fascinating art. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#9. To finish is both a relief and a release from an extraordinarily pleasant prison. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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#10. American English is the greatest influence of English everywhere. - Author: Robert Burchfield
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