Saturday, December 17, 2016


A Source of Excitement

John Garth, "The Storyteller," Oxford Today (May 22, 2013):
Garner was able to go to grammar school only because means-testing meant his fees were waived. It was a culture shock, not least for his family. They were thrilled that "Alan was going to get an education" but, he says, "There was no concept of what that was. I soon learnt that it was not a good idea to come home excited over irregular verbs." They felt threatened; he felt alienated: the classic pickle of the first-generation educated...
This is often misquoted, e.g. by Wikipedia, as "excited over regular verbs."


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