Greetings, Steve Whitmore! Yes, a delightful passage.
It comes from Richard Lanham, Revising Business Prose. New York:
Macmillan, 1992. He has some other good examples of translating
The particular passage you noted is referenced by Lanham:
"Sociological Habit Patterns in Linguistic Transmogrification,"
The Reporter, September 20, 1956.
Roberta Lee Supervisor, Writing Centre, University of New
Brunswick, Saint John