English philospher, historian, and scientist
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Though our comparison might be bold, it would be just if we were to say, that the English language is a conglomerate of Latin words, bound together in Saxon cement; the fragments of the Latin being partly portions introduced directly from the parent quarry, with all their sharp edges, and partly pebbles of the same material, obscured and shaped by long rolling in a Norman or other channel.
William Whewell, English philospher, historian, and scientist, History of the Inductive Sciences, 1837
Posted on October 8, 2003 at 9:49 PM