“I think there’s a lot to be said for the JudeoChristian idea of absolute good and evil. But sometimes it’s just easier to believe, as the ancient Greeks did, that this universe is being run by drunken, skirt-chasing, egotistical morons.” — My English professor (via theatermadnessanddietcoke)
“Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.” — Noam Chomsky
“There is also, of course, the question of the many varieties of English. I like this question! This is a happy question! There are so many kinds of English now that we really should be talking about Englishes. I call it a happy question because it focuses on people’s creativity rather than their misery and loss. As you say, quoting Charles—it’s about how people have made English their own. That happens not only with mixtures like Singlish or Spanglish but with the way people use the language in different parts of the world, the words they choose, the new meanings they give them.” — Sofia Samatar in Different Frontiers: Taking Over English, a roundtable dicussion on language, cultural imperialism, speculative fiction and identity (via richincolor)
"Decimate" is a verb meaning "to kill one-tenth" as of a population or an army. Originally, this was a punishment for losing armies in ancient Spartan battles. Today, published authors on down use it under the impression it is a synonym for "annihilate," when in fact it is only one-tenth of annihilation.