Grammar in Enid Blyton : “ Jolly Good ! ” said Dick, “just wait till I get it !

Did you notice any glaring errors in this blog’s title? If you didn’t, then I can only assume you worked for Enid Blyton’s English publisher, Dean & Son Ltd, during the 1960s.   I’ve been reading my old Enid Blyton books to my children for several years now (I cannot bear the recent editions, with all  references to ‘smacking’ removed, along with the names Dick and Fanny which are, apparently, inappropriate for the American market.) It is only since working as an editor that I’ve noticed substantial differences in punctuation between these editions and contemporary editing standards.   Apart from Enid Blyton’s constant use of exclamation marks! , here are some of Dean & Son’s rather quaint punctuation and grammatical …

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