Language of the Devil


‘William Lorimer’s translation of the New Testament is a recent, belated triumph for Scots. Finally published in 1983, it was an immediate bestseller and has been popular with Scots churchgoers ever since. […] In the Lorimer New Testament only the devil speaks Standard English.’

– McCrum. R., MacNeil. R., Cran. W. 1986. The Story of English London, Great Britain: BBC Books (2002) p. 150

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Unskilled


‘There had, of course, been English dictionaries in the past, the first of these being a little book of some 120 pages, compiled by a certain Robert Cawdray, published in 1604 under the title of A Table Alphabeticall, ‘of hard vsuall English wordes’ compiled, he said, for ‘Ladies … or any other unskilfull persons’. […]’

– McCrum. R., MacNeil. R., Cran. W. 1986. The Story of English London, Great Britain: BBC Books (2002) p. 136

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