English essayist and critic
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
The strong vivid slang word cannot be counted on to do its work. It sets the hearer thinking, not on the subject of my speech, but on such irrelevant questions as the nature of my past education and the company I keep.
Walter Raleigh, English essayist and critic, On Writers and Writing, 1926
Posted on December 5, 2000 at 1:16 PM