Great is language . . . . it is the mightiest of the sciences,
It is the fulness and color and form and diversity of the
earth . . . . and of men and women . . . . and of all
qualities and processes;
It is greater than wealth . . . . it is greater than buildings
or ships or religions or paintings or music.
Walt Whitman, from his 1855 version of what later becomes known as “Great Are the Myths”