WORDS ABOUT WORDS
As for the other part of refining, which consists in receiving new Words and Phrases, I shall not insist much on it. 'Tis obvious that we have admitted many: some of which we wanted, and therefore our Language is the richer for them: as it would be by importation of Bullion: others are rather Ornamental than Necessary; yet by their admission, the Language is become more courtly: and our thoughts are better drest.
John Dryden, English poet, Defence of the Epilogue, 1672
Posted on February 11, 2000 at 9:41 AM