Nov. 18th, 2010

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1919, and everyone seems to think that the primary purpose of a car is to go for a scenic drive and enjoy travelling really fast.

The characters all laugh affectionately over someone who hates cars unless she actually has to travel somewhere.



Also, there's this:
"We're going to England, you and I, Dad."
"And me," said Wally, cheerfully disregarding grammar.


I have seen similar sentences in dozens of books from the era. Everyone who wrote then was well aware that "it is I" was the grammatical way to say it - and equally aware that no-one with the slightest grasp of English would say anything of the sort.

So instead, they all write
"It's me," said Sarah, ungrammatically.

and get on with the story.



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Had a picnic last night. It's so nice finally having lovely spring weather so that picnicking in the evening is pleasant rather than ludicrous.

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