We’ve done threads like this before, but I don’t remember one recently. What old books have you read that use language that doesn’t… well, that just doesn’t quite suggest what they probably meant it to anymore?
There’s a flea market this weekend, with a table of some ratty old books. I like old books, but at 25 cents each, these were expensive for the condition they were in. I picked one up, called Bob’s Father, printed in 1882. The opening lines are:
That’s so worth a quarter.