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historical stuff - 2011/10/14 00:51 When I was writing the dialog, I was surprised at how many idioms were not in use until several years after the story takes place. And zippers only existed in children's clothing. Zippers were considered a childish gimmick in the 1930's.
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Re:historical stuff - 2011/10/14 00:53 Oops. I glitched and posted this in the wrong place.
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Re:historical stuff - 2011/10/14 01:30 Yeah, that happens when you change a post heading.

Sounds like you're doing good research for your story; also your results are quite interesting, as I didn't know that about zippers (though I suppose I would have guessed they were either a 19th or 20th Century invention, and I can't call to mind any clothing pre-50s that would have used it).

Go ahead and post some of your etymological discoveries if you like. I, at least, would be interested. I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's somewhat under recognised (comparative to his other titles) book Made in America, which was all about the development of English in the US, and made such interesting points as that the term "okay" doesn't have a clear or logical etymology, and thus almost seems to have come from nowhere, and the word "lengthy" was considered by many to be as ridiculous when it was first in use as the word "strengthy" would be to us now.
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Re:historical stuff - 2011/10/18 05:25 It's not hard to make mistakes. I originally referred to one of the girls' resemblance to Veronica Lake. I thought about it and checked IMDB. Veronica was only 14 when the story takes place. Oops. So I took her out.
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Re:historical stuff - 2011/11/09 17:46 The first arc of Rex Ward is up in the MSDos games section.
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