I'm working on a new book. Part of the story takes place in the 1940s, with a young starlet trying to make it big. She has one failed film under her belt, however, and the problem I have is that I'm not sure how to refer to it.
I know that we, today, would say it bombed, or it flopped, or it was a dud, sucked, etc. But I'm wondering...did they refer to failed films as bombs, flops or duds back then? Or did they simply say it failed or didn't live up to expectations, or something very basic?
I know how much it bugs me to read a book set in a time period and see terminology that I know for a fact didn't come along until after time, so I'm really wanting to make sure I get this right. Can anyone help me out here?
Answer by SWasson at 4:30 PM on Apr. 11, 2013
Answer by Nimue930 at 5:08 PM on Apr. 11, 2013