Friday, 14 August 2009

Churchill's English

That great Englishman, Sir Winston Churchill, wrote of his early life: "By being so long in the lowest form [at Harrow] I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. They all went on to learn Latin and Greek, and splendid things like that. But I was taught English. We were considered such dunces that we could learn only English. As I remained in the Third Form three times as long as anyone else, I had three times as much of it. I learned it thoroughly. Thus I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary English sentence, which is a noble thing"

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