Cała prawda o języku angielskim zawarta w zaskakujących i zabawnych wypowiedziach jego sławnych użytkowników.
- Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
- Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
- Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
- We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
- England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw
- ‘I am’ is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that ‘I do’ is the longest sentence?
- To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
- accretion – nagromadzenie
- compacted – sprasowany, ubity
- let up – ustawać, odpuszczać komuś
- vagueness – ogólnikowość, wieloznaczność
- obscurity – niejasność
- lure – urok
- encroachment – naruszenie
- worn-out – zużyty
- cluttered up – zaśmiecony