Some word nerds in the UK have noticed that the characters on Downton Abbey use slang that didn’t originate until long after the time period the show is set in.
The editor of the Oxford English Dictionary said that some of the slips, the Daily Mail quotes, “felt quite wrong.” For example, Thomas uses the phrase, “get knotted,” which means “get lost” or “go to hell.” He also says he is “fed up seeing our lot get shafted.” (Other characters have used anachronistic language as well, so it’s not just Evil Thomas who’s being evil by leaping ahead, linguistically).
Most of us wouldn’t notice those slips, but there are other things that stick out like sore thumbs (the use of that idiom has been around since the mid-sixteenth century!).
What’s the most jarring anachronism you’ve noticed in a book, TV show, or movie?