There Will Always Have Been An England . . .

Martin Kaminer martin.kaminer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 18 18:03:20 UTC 2012

File under historical dialect, dialectical materialism, etc:

Sir Ronald Storrs (referring to speech patterns of early-20th-Century
British diplomats when speaking with local potentates they were trying
to influence in the Great Game):

                                      "We deprecated the imperative,
preferring instead the subjunctive or even, wistfully, the optative

                         -- _The Memoirs of Sir Ronald Storrs_ Page

The American Dialect Society -

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