unearths some literary gems.
From Leo Bruce:
"We've always called her Bonny. Short for Bon Mot, you see."
[A little later, "Bonny" chides her relative for using] "that old nickname.... Nobody has used it for a century. My Bonny's gone over the ocean, in fact."
"Mumble, Gray and Mumford of Booty Street, Bloomsbury."
Mr. Lofting just now was busy with a youngish man wearing one of those silly little caps which looked as though it had been made for H. G. Wells to wear for cycling as a young man.
"And he shouted himself out of the building."
From Leo Bruce's A Case for Sergeant Beef:
"Boys," he said. "Would you like to help me catch a murderer?"
He pronounced the word as though he were a comedian giving an imitation of an old-fashioned melodrama, dragging out the first syllable through a series of vowels.
Chatto made that interesting sound usually reproduced by novelists as "Pshaw!"