Lord Dunsany’s Claim on the Decay of Language
Donnellan Lectures, 1943. Heineman
Cited in ‘A Study of Our Decline’ by P Atkinson (2003)

“It is not only in headlines that these misused nouns appear; they sink down from there into the articles, and spread and contaminate books. I think I could tell you within ten years when any book of this century was written merely by noting the progress of the decay of the language that its pages exhibited; or, as it might be put if written in this decade, ‘the language decay progress’, or even ‘the page language decay progress’.”