“Such discoveries [regarding language] give a boy a considerable thrill, and augment his sense of dignity. It is no light matter, at eight, to penetrate suddenly to the difference between to, two and too, or to that between run in baseball and run in topographical science, or cats and Katz. The effect is massive and profound, and at least comparable to that which flows, in later life, out of filling a royal flush or debauching the wife of a major-general of cavalry.”

~ H.L. Mencken, Happy Days


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