“I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me.” Tallulah Bankhead

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  1. February 19, 2014

    Dearest V
    That stands up there with the Mae’s best in the lascivious quip (is it just me or does that sound like a sex act?) department.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • February 19, 2014

      It sounds like exactly what you think it is. She was notorious! And, we love her for it.

  2. February 19, 2014

    That line reminds me of days of yore, when I was a college freshman. I was interested in a girl whose roommate was being courted by a guy from England. One night the four of us were having coffee and the roommate and the Englishman were arranging to go out on a Friday night. “Great,” he said, “I’ll knock you up at 7:00.”

    Conversation stopped of course, and it was fun to see how red his face turned when we explained what the phrase means in American…

    • February 19, 2014

      Laughing! Give you a ring! Knock you up! Oh my goodness!

    • February 20, 2014

      Too funny!!

  3. February 19, 2014

    Yes indeed there are some notable differences.I have a few unprintable mistakes I have made with American friends when I have said something quite innocent in British English that was quite scandalous in American English.

    • February 19, 2014

      I read somewhere that the closest sound existing to Elizabethan English was accent of Southern Americans. Y’all come back now, hear? I kid you not!

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