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29 July 2010


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It seems pointless to me. The books are inherently of their time - children running around on camping trips unsupervised, strong gender expectations, the food etc, so updating the language just changes one part of the story. I'm sure some kids can realise there was once a different time when people spoke differently, and the others can just read other books. Updating the language feels too much like meddling with history to me.


I used to love books that were outdated and used outdated terms when I was a kid, because it meant I got a little window onto the past and learned new, weird words for things. Of course, this is me talking, so I suppose I don't stand in for "normal" kids.

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