Saturday, August 30, 2014

I checked the speedometer

FROM A NOVEL: It was only two miles between villages, and I checked the speedometer when we left Cold Brook.

I love this author's work, but I have to disagree here. The narrator didn't check the speedometer; he checked the odometer, for distance, not speed.

FROM ANOTHER NOVEL: Just short of Connecticut I turned right on Route 123, glancing at my speedometer. When I had gone a mile and a half, I started looking for Iron Mine Road, and in another two-tenths there it was.

It must be an epidemic, and this is another of my favorite authors. Again, he looked at the odometer, not the speedometer.

I'm making a point; if you can, be accurate.

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