After reading George, at 20011, who was wondering if the word 'ersatz' will mean nothing to our children, I met up with a Hungarian friend for a meal. She was in Budapest recently and was surprised by an 11-year-old nephew who,after listening to the adults talking about what she had considered quite recent family history, asked, 'What does it mean, this thing you say Uncle Laszlo and Auntie Tunde did? '
'What thing?' the adults asked, trying to recall what exactly they had been saying.
"'Defect"- you said they "defected"- what is that? What does it mean?'
Ruth Scurr on John Aubrey - I'm 100 pages into Ruth Scurr's unusual new biography of John Aubrey (at this point available only from the UK), which has put Aubrey back front and center...
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