Quotation by Raymond Chandler

It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. "Notes on English and American Style," The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler (1976).

On American English.
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