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About the Purity of the English Language T‑Shirts

7 Nov, 2014


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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:


and tote-bags.

My cafepress site is here.