Saturday, June 5, 2021


In lots of English fiction from 100 years ago, a handgun is called a revolver.  Doesn't matter if it is a revolver or one of them fancy new semi-autos from Colt or Savage or imported from Belgium.

(And being when it was, those semi-autos were invented by...?)

Which bring us to our second point.  In France a pistol was apparently call 'Le Browning', no matter what it was. 

I found this interesting.

1 comment:

Windy Wilson said...

In Eastern Africa, formerly known as "British East", a truck is known as a "Toyota", regardless of its actual provenance, and in Britain, a vacuum cleaner is known as a "Hoover". Kind of like how Kleenex, Xerox Copies, and Aspirin took over from whatever generic names might have been assigned to the products by the lawyers.

Somewhere I have a German translation of James Thurber's "The Little Girl and the Big Wolf." The penultimate line was, "The little girl took a Browning out of her basket and shot the wolf dead."