April 27th, 2019

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Above all, he can ruin David Acum, because once it gets widely known that he is likely to start fiddling around with some of the girls he is supposed to be teaching, he’ll have one hell of a job getting a post in any school, even in these permissive days.

(Colin Dexter, Last Seen Wearing, 1976)

"Even in these permissive days"; and this about an adult screwing underage schoolgirls. How simpler the times were back then; and it seems Dexter thought that morals were going to get even laxer.

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David Crystal, on pronunciation of the terminal -y in William Blake’s The Tyger:

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"Some commentators say it is simply an eye rhyme. That, to my mind, is the lazy solution," writes Crystal. I don’t remember whether I’ve heard him argue this point about this chronological period. I certainly heard him say this about pronunciation of Shakespeare’s time; but I don’t think I heard him extend this argument to the late 18th - early 19th century. Because, back in the day, when I read Byron, I was very curious about his frequent rhymes of clearly /-ai/-sounding words with words that ended in -y. When I asked some Byron scholars for their opinion, they were confident that those were just eye rhymes. I wonder what Crystal would say about them (on the one hand, similar time period; on the other hand, no archaic or mystical undertones to Byron’s lines).