The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary.No idea what the original form was, but that one's pretty good. And English hasn't really stolen much grammar, in the usual senses of the term.
Monday, October 01, 2012
here). The full quote, which floats around in a set of variants, is richer: