About the Purity of the English Language T-Shirts

UPDATE The cafepress site for these products has been closed. The products are no longer available.

You may have seen variations of the following quotation on t-shirts.

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

I said that many years ago, never suspecting it would be my fifteen minutes of fame. Or that various t-shirt companies would then elect to put it on shirts. In most cases, I do not make any money off those t-shirts. I do, however, have a cafepress site and I do make money off goods purchased from there, goods like t-shirts:

mugs

and tote-bags.

My cafepress site is here.


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