Thursday, May 30, 2013


A Book Labyrinth by Brizillian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo in London in 2012

A Dictionary is an historical monument, the history of a nation contemplated from one point of view, and the wrong ways into which a language has wandered, or attempted to wander, may be nearly as instructive as the right ones in which it has travelled as much may be learned, or nearly as much, from its failures as its successes, from its follies as from its wisdom.   ---Richard Chenevix Trench, On Some Deficioncies in Our English Dictionaries (1857)                                     

1 comment:

Charles Shere said...

Thanks for this quote, which has led me to Trench's observations at Google's e-book service; it is so far — in its first few pages — a very interesting and provocative piece of work.