Movie anachronisms: gold-digger [Was: WYSIWYG]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jul 29 15:34:38 UTC 2007

The time one can waste!  A 2000 TV dramatization of "Lady Audley's
Secret" (? 1862, but there seem to be plays based on it as early as
1850) had one character refer to her as a "gold
digger"  (OED2:  1920).  I actually bought and tried to read the book.

Now that I have been educated, I consult Gutenberg.  Gold (from
Australia) is an element of the plot, and the material and color are
recurrent images and metaphors, particularly for Lady Audley with her
"golden" hair and alleged marriage for money.  But I do not find
"gold-digger" -- only "gold-diggings"  (OED2:  1852, 1869).  I can
imagine the TV script writer extending the theme to "gold-digger".


At 7/29/2007 03:05 AM, Bapopik wrote:
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>It's an anachronism.
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