Posted by Sarah P on April 17, 1998 at 10:35:03:
In response to Language anachronisms, written by Linden on April 16, 1998 at 21:10:12
] Many American authors use "gotten" which would not have been used by JA or other educated British people of the time.
Well, Queen Victoria uses gotten in her letters and diaries. I think it is only recently that we tend to think of it as an Americanism. In fact a lot of words and spellings we consider to be only used in the US were originally British, and it was the English who changed, not the Americans.
But in principle I would agree with your contention - a lot of books are full of howlers, both of fact and of English. It makes them fun for historians - if the book is good, you just enjoy it, and if not, you enjoy tearing it to shreds! An each-way bet!
- To be exact.... Caroline 11:24:32 4/17/98 (16)
- zzzzzzzzzz.... Kate 19:29:18 4/17/98 (7)
- To Z or not to Z... Marie Bernadette 14:18:07 4/21/98 (0)
- led, med, ned, sed!?!? Marie B 23:56:22 4/17/98 (0)
- Re: Gotten April Lee 22:18:12 4/17/98 (0)
- According to .... Caroline 21:38:19 4/17/98 (3)
- Well, we certainly can't confuse Zed with bee, cee, dee,... Deborah(MaMa) 00:33:12 4/18/98 (2)
- Zed is better than zee or maybe it is just me :) because... Leanne S 12:04:18 4/20/98 (0)
- Actually, Caroline 09:13:33 4/18/98 (0)
- Spellings and pronunciations Leanne S 14:13:02 4/17/98 (7)
- aussie english Phil C 11:22:20 4/19/98 (5)
- So you chuse to teaze each other? Capital! Capital! nfm ;) Deborah(MaMa) 00:28:55 4/18/98 (0)
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