Thursday, March 25, 2010

A B.A. in Linguistics

Language is a bountiful gift and its usage, an elaboration of community and society, is a sacred work. Language and usage evolve over time: elements change, are forgotten or reborn, and while there are instances where transgression can become the source of an even greater wealth, this does not alter the fact that to be entitled to the liberties of playfulness or enlightened misusage when using language, one must first and foremost have sworn one's total allegiance.

- Muriel Barbery. The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

This is how I live, write and speak my life. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a linguist. And where language is concerned, I do what I want.

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