A reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy

English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with with statements which appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next.
— Paul Scott, The Jewel in the Crown


Being English, I am not sure I can agree with this of course; although Perfidy, and especially its adjective form: Perfidious, is a favourite word of mine. Perhaps, because I am English.

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