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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Mar 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

It was the roaring 20s, a time of moral decadence. An era best categorized by bootleggers, booze, flappers, and jazz. Ladies' dresses and hairstyles became shorter, music became louder, cars became faster, and liquor, which was now illegal, flowed more freely than ever. The Great War was over, but the victory party that followed ceased to end…


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 1:56 p.m. PST

Obviously, they should have been playing D&D instead. evil grin

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 2:31 p.m. PST

There's an infelicitous sentence in the third paragraph. In English, when you use an indefinite pronoun like "them" the rule is that points to the nearest preceding noun. In this sentence "To the north was a small outcropping of rocks where mist from the waves could wash over those who sat atop them" the nearest noun is "waves," which gives the impression of mer-people wreathed in mist. Thus endeth the grammatical lecture of Professor Ewing.

Oberlindes Sol LIC25 Mar 2020 3:50 p.m. PST

"… who sat atop such rocks."
"… who sat atop the aforementioned rocks."

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Mar 2020 5:15 p.m. PST

…the ballroom was often the sight of moonshine vendors…


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 6:10 a.m. PST

There's one more thing I don't like, which that the revelers escaped in their "old Model-Ts" -- well, some of them were probably *new* Model-Ts. The cars are only old to readers in the 21st century. Nonetheless, it is an interesting article -- thanks for posting it.

Oberlindes Sol LIC26 Mar 2020 1:15 p.m. PST

Ford produced Model-Ts from 1908 to 1927, so during the Roaring Twenties, some of them were pretty old.

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