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" I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance of its construction, and something to the harmony... "
Essays, Biographical, Critical, and Historical Illustrative of the Rambler ... - Seite 254
von Nathan Drake - 1809
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - 2000 - 580 Seiten
...Jespersen, 1946, 'Standards of Correctness', in Mankind, Nation and Individual, Ch. 5 8:39 I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Samuel Johnson, 14 March 1752, The Rambler, no. 208 8:4O Every language has its anomalies, which, though...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 Seiten
...concern with linguistic purity; we can hear it clearly in Johnson's declaration that he has "laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and...colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations.'"7 As England began searching for its own canon of classics, it sought to ground its...
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