That is so book!
Most of the people who actually think they are the ones who care about language […] moaning about the confusion of disinterested and uninterested, and then thinking that they’re terribly educated and that they really understand language and they know the derivation of words, and someone has said less when they meant fewer and so on. But that’s not being a guardian of language. Being a guardian of language is enjoying language, understanding it.
When I was in high school, I managed to avoid the English class where everyone had to read Beowulf. Of course, you can’t just read Beowulf, because it was written at least 1,000 years ago in Old English. What we read today are translations into Modern English. That’s how much language changes — so much that the same language from 1,000 years ago is complete gibberish to us today.
But I skipped that…
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