Fetch the Pickles

The last Downton of the season. Thinking of the mini scandale over anachronistic expressions on the show. “Step on it,” etc., etc.

But sometimes a hit of modernity is just what’s required when you’re inventing history. Though dozens of words in The Orphanmaster were put through the etymology wringer to see if they fit an 1660s vocabulary, there were times when only a certain (anachronistic) expression would do.

Tibb Dunbar habitually uses the expression “Fetch the pickles,” which, I explain, means “let’s get it started.”

It wouldn’t have worked any other way.

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