Quiz: What Era Is Your English From?
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What Era Is Your English From?
By: Mark Lichtenstein

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By Jove, old boy, you certainly sound frightfully out of date when you talk like this, don't you know? Indeed, a chap could easily be forgiven for thinking you'd popped right out of the inter-war years and onto the pages of this quiz! What's all this nonsense about acting like a character from a P.G. Wodehouse novel?

It is a truth that you had better acknowledge, that to speak in such a manner is extremely vexing to the modern ear and that a truly affable person would surely content himself with the language of Jane Austen, or perhaps the slightly earlier idiom of Dr. Johnson himself, pioneer of the English dictionary.

E'en though this may improve thy facility with the English tongue, 'tis surely yet wiser that thou shouldst speak as one who hath traversed the broad sweep of the English language for many centuries - for who hath wrung more beauty or deeper meaning from this mother tongue of ours than William Shakespeare, and those who lived in Elizabethan times? Thou wouldst be noble indeed to embrace their manner of speech.

Still, y'all know this is the digital age, language changes, and you better keep up with it, know what I'm saying? Hashtag quiz time!

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