I am rather surprised that Alastair Bruce allows certain expressions used by some of the characters in Downton Abbey. Foremost is the use of the word "pregnant" which was NEVER used by any class at the time of the series. It was usually "expecting a baby"or "going to have a baby". No one, downstairs or above, would have ever used that vulgarism. Other phrases are quite modern and out of keeping with the times. Phrases such as "Cover for me", "Be my guest," "I could care less", and the howler uttered by John Bates - "Cut him some slack." I can't find when this last phrase originated, but I am certain it was not used in the 1920s. I wish I could get in touch with Mr. Bruce to tell him personally. I am puzzled chiefly because so much time, effort and research has been done to achieve accuracy in other areas. For instance, none of the ladies ever sits with her legs crossed. Family members at that time usually refrained from kissing or hugging, not for fear of spreading diseases, but because feelings were kept strictly in check. I would never have dared to hug my grandmother. She would have knocked me to the other side of the room had I done so. It is only now, when I visit my cousins in England, that we hug. Times change, but in the 1920s, displays of physical expression were not done.