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I believe that this has been noted more than once, but Neal Whitman observed recently on a Visual Thesaurus article that people will get very picky about the language in (e.g.) "Downton Abbey" or "Mad Men" when at the same time they'll accept that people speak English in "Rome" or will fail to question what the heck the accents are supposed to mean in "Game of Thrones." IOW, the greater the verisimilitude in a movie or TV show, the pickier people get about tiny details of language. Seems sort of unfair. Perhaps a kind of Zeno's Paradox of fictive representations; you can get close, but you'll never get it perfect.

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