Query: Speech of a long-lived Texan vampire

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Mon Dec 30 00:05:50 UTC 2013

On 12/16/2013 09:26 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
I would expect someone living two centuries earlier than his birth time
to have the opposite problem from a tendency to use oldfashioned terms.

Thank you.  I'm passing this on.

Note:  In 1938, Astounding Science Fiction (now Analog Science
Fact/Science fiction) published l. Sprague De Camp's article "Language
for Time Travelers."  They might be ready for another article on the

> I was born in the 20th century, but now live in the 18th century.  I
> sometimes use old-fashioned terms.
> Aside from which, a long-lived vampire would be old, and have a
> better long-term memory than short.  (I think the workshop writer
> might take advantage of that characteristic.)
> Joel
> At 12/16/2013 07:37 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
>> Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
>> Discussion on a writing-workshop list.  Would a character who was around
>> in the late 19th century be likely, in 2013, to sometimes use outdated
>> words and phrases?
>> My position:  Yes.  Based partly on self-observation; I was born in
>> 1943, and sometimes use old-fashioned terms.  Also based on observation
>> of others.

Dan Goodman
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