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This question belongs in mechanics.stackexchange, not literature.stackexchange. :-) In 1945, when this book was written, cars needed their motor oil filled up every so often, and when you stopped at a gas station to ask the attendant to fill your tank, you sometimes asked them to check the oil to see whether it was low and you needed to buy another quart (or ...


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I note that the two authors you cite are both English writers, and so the issue you bring up deals with how the English language acquired its extensive vocabulary. While many of the words used in writing English are words inherited from Middle English (I will refer to this as stock English), a large part of English vocabulary comes from borrowings from ...


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