Mark Twain

Chwast’s Quote: Words of Wisdom from Mark Twain

A notable quote from Mark Twain, illustrated by Seymour Chwast—number 103 in a weekly series. Submit a quote in the comments (or on Twitter or Facebook), and it will be considered for a future column. For more Seymour Chwast, check out The Last Word, his illustrated column in Print magazine, available from

Ours Is a Mongrel Language

Mark Twain, America’s foremost humorist, used to rail about grammar and spelling: …simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can carry it too far. – The Alphabet and Simplified Spelling speech, December 9, 1907 Twain argued that American English is a mongrel language: “I don’t see any use in having a uniform...