A certain antique piquancy hereDecember 5, 2019 Tim WorstallMilitary12 Comments“Everyone thinks one was frightfully brave, but it’s all bullshit,” he said. “One was merely doing one’s duty.” previousThere’s an answer herenextNot really a good start 12 thoughts on “A certain antique piquancy here” Hallowed Be December 5, 2019 at 11:11 am “he volunteered for a “special and hazardous duty” so a duty he volunteered for. Yes brave or stupid, Probably both. Mr Ecks December 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm Test dearieme December 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm Some idiot in these comment threads recently claimed that I was quite wrong to say that there were Englishmen who used “one” to mean “I”. (I remarked on it because I find it a preposterous affectation.) Mr Ecks December 5, 2019 at 3:18 pm What the Hell is going on with this spam fiasco Tim? Every morning the posts are vanishing. You need a permanent fix. Tim Worstall December 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm Should be fixed now….. PF December 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm Ecks, Just spotted (on the comments feed) some of the random porn spam winging in on some old threads (before Tim managed to hit delete on them). Problems of running a site, I guess? Ottokring December 5, 2019 at 4:38 pm The German equivalent is “man” Man ging freiwillig in den Tod. It is using “you” for “one” that annoys me. Bloke in Germany December 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm Otto, That’s not first person usage, it’s third. You literally can’t say that in the past tense and first person. Not physically possible 😉 Jollygreenman December 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm dierieme, I like the use of one. One should know one’s place, manners, and decorum when dealing with ones superiors. And the Oxford comma! Ottokring December 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm BiG Bah, haven’t you seen Sixth Sense ? Spoiler He was dead all along. But that’s my point. One should be used in the third person, really. Pcar December 5, 2019 at 11:46 pm @Ottokring December 5, 2019 at 4:38 pm It is using “you” for “one” that annoys me. +1 also using “Me and my xyz…” “I was sat in xyz…” Pcar December 5, 2019 at 11:58 pm OTish I Missed this The Daily Mail has bought the i newspaper and website https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/daily-mail-i-newspaper-dmgt-buy-purchase-price-a9225871.html CMA allowed Mirror to buy Express, “i” is much smaller so should be approved Humour https://twitter.com/LordAshcroft/status/1198356391129485312 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.