February 16, 2012

Downton Abbey Fever

The hats! The dresses! The drama! How can one not love Downton Abbey? The answer may depend on one's tolerance of anachronisms. The show has been accused of "costume errors" and also of linguistic anachronisms. If you are interested in the latter, read Ben Zimmer's column here and watch his video compilation of questionable lines.

If you're less scholarly inclined, you might just want to watch a great compilation of Lady Grantham's one-liners, as produced by the incomparable Dame Maggie Smith (linked via the blog "Desperate for Downton"). What is a 'week-end?' (Note the stress on the second syllable.)

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