Because I love it so: James Nicoll on my native tongue, and the habits thereof.

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 rifle their pockets for new vocabulary. ‘[source]’:http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/msg/eaaddc6c9e979f8c?hl=en

As it happens, this Mr. Nicoll has said a lot of amusing things, and many of them are listed on Wikiquote.