“Language is a virus from outer space”

— William S. Burroughs, Share via Whatsapp

“Among all the human languages, the only language I prefer to speak is humanity”

— P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar, Share via Whatsapp

“Proud to have Tamil as my mother language since Tamil is the mother of all languages.”

— Dr Sivakumar Gowder, Share via Whatsapp

“We can say many but in brief TAMIL is a True, Ancient, Marvellous, Intellectual and Loyal language.”

— Dr Sivakumar Gowder, Share via Whatsapp

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.”

— Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, Share via Whatsapp

“Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word, Sword and sward, retain and Britain. (Mind the latter, how it’s written.) Now I surely will not plague you With such words as plaque and ague. But be careful how you speak: Say break and steak, but bleak and streak; Cloven, oven, how and low, Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe. Hear me say, devoid of trickery, Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore, Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles, Exiles, similes, and reviles; Scholar, vicar, and cigar, Solar, mica, war and far; One, anemone, Balmoral, Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel; Gertrude, German, wind and mind, Scene, Melpomene, mankind. Billet does not rhyme with ballet, Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet. Blood and flood are not like food, Nor is mould like should and would. Viscous, viscount, load and broad, Toward, to forward, to reward. And your pronunciation’s OK When you correctly say croquet, Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve, Friend and fiend, alive and live. Ivy, privy, famous; clamour And enamour rhyme with hammer. River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb, Doll and roll and some and home. Stranger does not rhyme with anger, Neither does devour with clangour. Souls but foul, haunt but aunt, Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant, Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger, And then singer, ginger, linger, Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge, Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age. Query does not rhyme with very, Nor does fury sound like bury. Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth. Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath. Though the differences seem little, We say actual but victual. Refer does not rhyme with deafer. Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer. Mint, pint, senate and sedate; Dull, bull, and George ate late. Scenic, Arabic, Pacific, Science, conscience, scientific. Liberty, library, heave and heaven, Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven. We say hallowed, but allowed, People, leopard, towed, but vowed. Mark the differences, moreover, Between mover, cover, clover; Leeches, breeches, wise, precise, Chalice, but police and lice; Camel, constable, unstable, Principle, disciple, label. Petal, panel, and canal, Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal. Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair, Senator, spectator, mayor. Tour, but our and succour, four. Gas, alas, and Arkansas. Sea, idea, Korea, area, Psalm, Maria, but malaria. Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean. Doctrine, turpentine, marine. Compare alien with Italian, Dandelion and battalion. Sally with ally, yea, ye, Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key. Say aver, but ever, fever, Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver. Heron, granary, canary. Crevice and device and aerie. Face, but preface, not efface. Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass. Large, but target, gin, give, verging, Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging. Ear, but earn and wear and tear Do not rhyme with here but ere. Seven is right, but so is even, Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen, Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk, Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work. Pronunciation (think of Psyche!) Is a paling stout and spikey? Won’t it make you lose your wits, Writing groats and saying grits? It’s a dark abyss or tunnel: Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale, Islington and Isle of Wight, Housewife, verdict and indict. Finally, which rhymes with enough, Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough? Hiccough has the sound of cup. My advice is to give up!!!”

— Gerard Nolst Trenité, Drop your Foreign Accent, Share via Whatsapp

“It s only words... unless they re true.”

— David Mamet, Share via Whatsapp

“Language always betrays us, tells the truth when we want to lie, and dissolves into formlessness when we would most like to be precise.”

— Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry, Share via Whatsapp

“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”

— Rumi, Share via Whatsapp

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

— George Orwell, 1984, Share via Whatsapp

“Meow” means “woof” in cat.”

— George Carlin, Share via Whatsapp

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”

— Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Share via Whatsapp

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Share via Whatsapp

“i do not say good-bye. i believe that s one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. it s not like you re given the choice to say bad-bye or awful-bye or couldn t-care-less-about-you-bye. every time you leave, it s supposed to be a good one. well, i don t believe in that. i believe against that.”

— David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Share via Whatsapp

“Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.”

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Share via Whatsapp

“You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.”

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, Share via Whatsapp

“The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn t be any of this.”

— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, Share via Whatsapp