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Friday, 8 October 2010

Jane Austen does it again!



I love the way language is always changing - morphing, developing, growing.  Sometimes the way it changes turns the meaning of a word or phrase on its head.

Having noted this from Jane Austen's Mansfied Park a few months back:
"If Fanny would be more regular in her exercise, she would not be knocked up so soon."
I was childishly delighted to come across the following from Emma (p.52) recently:
"where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanity..."
No further comment needed.  My apologies to Ms Austen.
And, yep, I like toilet humour too.

3 comments:

gary davison said...

I am a big fan!

Paul said...

Of Jane Austen, toilet humour, language or Fanny, Gary? Or all of the above?

:-)

gary davison said...

If I'm coming clean, I'll have to say TH, and not F!