Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quotes from the science blogosphere

"In terms of grammar, English is possibly one of the least logical and most puzzling languages there is. This is the result of its hybrid origins. Modern English is basically a mixture of a Teutonic language (Old English) and a Romance language (Norman French). These come from entirely different sub-groups of Indo-European. To be sure, this fusion even happened almost a thousand years ago, but we’ve never gotten over it."

Henry Gee (Senior editor at Nature), as a reply to a question at the "Ask the Nature Editor" forum.

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