[lit-ideas] Re: Der Finhest How-where

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:49:42 -0700

In order to have been an adage, it must have been old. 'There is no such thing as a young adage,' (Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel). In any event, Churchill did not use the definite article or the first-person plural. He said, "'Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' "

Let us brace ourselves to our possessives.

Robert Paul

----- In Latin, Churchill's adage is false.


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