Originally Posted by Nate the great
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 riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.
Mr. Nicholl said it on some alt.news.group back in 1990. It has been mis-attributed to a number of famous dead people, but no evidence of the quote predates 1990.
You have probably seen it in a lot of places. My favorite is in the novel Hell's Gate
, where it was used without attribution to describe a fictional language.