More quotes from The Complete Plain Words:
George Saintsbury denounced the futility of trying to ‘draw up rules and conventions for a language that is almost wholly exception and idiom’.
Jespersen preached that the grammar of a language must be deduced from a study of how good writers of it in fact write, not how grammarians say it ought to be written.
Forget the debate about whether testing is art or science. I’m wondering: is testing a language?