Monday, April 18, 2016


The Sneering Habit

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924), "Brief Mention," American Journal of Philology 37.4 (1916), pp. 494-505 (at 496):
Now nothing is more contagious than the sneering habit and in no set of men does that cheap assertion of superiority exhibit itself in more repulsive form than in your fledgling Ph.D's. 'Fledgling' is the English word, but 'gelbschnabel' and 'béjaune' are much better because they express the aggressiveness of the callow youngster's beak.

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