For it would be
almost laughable to prefer the language of the
past to that of the present day, and what is ancient
speech but ancient usage of speaking? But even
here the critical faculty is necessary, and we must
make up our minds what we mean by usage.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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