Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Who got married?

One of the two individuals mentioned in the clipping below from the  Cincinnati Daily Press, July 26, 1860, might be related to my wife. However, that is not why I am sharing this. 

I found the phrasing particularly interesting. I am fairly certain if the below appeared in a newspaper today, many readers would assume something very different from what most 1860 readers assumed. 
"...Night before last, however, a wedding took place near the Brighton House and almost before the pair had become legally one, Charles Schrock and Henry Erndt became involved in a difficulty, when, after many words and a few blows, the latter drew a knife and stabbed his antagonist in the side and arm..."

Of course, both readers are making an assumption. We need to be extra cautious about the assumptions we make.

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