Stupid Amer­i­can phrases

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Ps mail - Daniel David­son, email.

On page 29 of the is­sue 99 (PS

Jan, 2019) in “Suited and In­deed Booted” it states un­til 1974 there were no such things as wa­ter­proofs.

That is not ac­cu­rate as there were var­i­ous types of wa­ter­proofs other than waxed cot­ton things: the Black Prince suit is one, it was made of rub­ber and was to­tally wa­ter­proof but weighed a ton and at work I was is­sued with yellow wa­ter­proofs that I used on the bike and they proved to be ad­e­quate – not very stylish – but wa­ter­proof. There were other makes but that would need re­search­ing af­ter such a long time.

On an­other sub­ject it’s a pity that jour­nal­ists today rely on stupid Amer­i­can phrases such as, “back in the day”. This us­age con­veys a lack of abil­ity to use the lan­guage, so please drop the “old school” rub­bish and its like. Daniel, ’twas a joke. And back in the day is merely a wel­come up­date of ye olde once upon a time. Get over it – MG

Shortly af­ter the in­ven­tion of wa­ter­proofs – in 1974 – OF­FI­CIAL

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