Experience: 10 years
"English has borrowed words from over 350 other languages, and over three-quarters of the English lexicon is actually Classical or Romance in origin."
(David Crystal, English as a Global Language. Cambridge University Press, 2003)
"The vocabulary of English is currently 70 to 80 percent composed of words of Greek and Latin origin, but it is certainly not a Romance language, it is a Germanic one. Evidence of this may be found in the fact that it is quite easy to create a sentence without words of Latin origin, but pretty much impossible to make one that has no words from Old English." (Ammon Shea, Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation.
"English is a growing language, and we have to let out the tucks so often, that no last season's model will ever fit it. English isn't like French, which is corseted and gloved and clad and shod and hatted strictly according to the rules of the Immortals. We have no Academy, thank Heaven, to tell what is real English and what isn't.
Our Grand Jury is that ubiquitous person, Usage, and we keep him pretty busy at his job." (Gelett Burgess, Burgess Unabridged: A Classic Dictionary of Words You Have Always Needed. Frederick A. Stokes, 1914)
"The English language is like a fleet of juggernaut trucks that goes on regardless. No form of linguistic engineering and no amount of linguistic legislation will prevent the myriads of change that lie ahead."(Robert Burchfield, The English Language. Oxford University Press, 1985)
"I am as thrilled by the English language as I am by a lovely woman or dreams, green as dreams and deep as death." (Richard Burton, The Richard Burton Diaries, ed. by Chris Williams. Yale University Press, 2013)