The more I learn about other languages, the more I realize how good English is at filing the serial numbers off
@Zuph English has been following other languages down alleys, mugging them, and going through their pockets for loose grammar for generations. English is the result of Norman soldiers trying to pick up Saxon barmaids, and about as legitimate as the other results.
@Zuph Very true. There's even a somewhat famous quote about that:
We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
--James D. Nicoll