Jan van der Vliet notices Errol Says MARVELOUS!

13 Feb

Jan says in the Adventures of Robin Hood, he notices Errol says MARVELOUS! And notes this is a word stemming from the 1300’s and not from 100 years or so previously (Robin Hood is said to have been born in 1160 …) And the word did not mean “splendid, very nice” (beginning in 1924 onward) but meant “causing wonder” as in a miraculous event. I am sure there are many other incidents like this in other films where the language used did not exist, but is used, and this one is caught by the eagle “ear” of our own Jan van der Vliet!

— David DeWitt


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Marvelous, Don Jan. I guess Errol was well ahead of his time, even back in the 1100’s.

The script may have gotten ahead of itself elsewhere, as well, as in this anachronistic exchange between Sir Errol and Prince Claude:

And the money’s to be turned over to me.

Why to you, Your Highness?
King Richard appointed Longchamps regent.

I’ve kicked Longchamps out.

From now on, I am regent of England.
Well, confound it, what are you goggling at?

“Kicked out” is believed to have originated in the mid-17th Century, “goggling” in the late 16th Century.



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S’wonderful to hear back from you Jan da Man.…

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There is a Don Juan in every man, and because Don Jan means Don Juan in Spanish and living in Spain as well, therefore there must be more Don Juan in me!!!

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