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Query Subject:   English lexical borrowing: the Eddy Peters quote
Author:   Steve Hartman Keiser
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   I'm curious if anyone knows the origin of the following quote on the purported English proclivity to lexical borrowing:

''Not only does the English Language borrow words from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.''

A google search finds it all over the web (e.g., by Anu Garg in Wordsmith.org?s Word-a-day Nov. 4, 2002) and it is always attributed to Eddy Peters. But since I can find no information on Eddy Peters, I wonder if this attribution isn't apocryphal.
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997



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