Date: Fri, 26 Dec 1997 13:16:35 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: movie anachronisms Thanks for the list from AMISTAD. Last night I watched a movie that was supposed to be taking place in 1938-44, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, in which a dying young Canadian says about another solider, "He bought it yesterday" (meaning 'he got killed yesterday'). That didn't strike me as 1940s slang, either (I assumed it came from the Viet Nam War phrase, HE BOUGHT THE FARM). But I got out my trusty Random House DAS and found out that "He bought it" dates back to WWI, and was still current in WWII. Hooray for Lighter and Sheidlower!