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  • In the movie “The Changeling” a few years ago, Angelina Jolie’s character tells her young son that if he’s hungry when he gets home there’s milk and a sandwich in the fridge. If I’d been on the set I would have made them stop and change the line; no single working mother in 1928 would have had a Frigidaire (the source of the slang term “fridge”) and she should have told him to find his snack in the icebox.

    (Later in the same movie, a policeman refers to a “serial killer”, a term that would have been unfamiliar for about forty years after the scene takes place. And you’d think the director, Clint Eastwood, would have known better, because the term became public in the very case that “Dirty Harry” was based upon.)

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