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  • Abi Morgan, the writer of The Hour, pleaded guilty when charged with perpetrating linguistic anachronisms:
    “When a line of dialogue jars and is seen as an anachronism, one holds one’s hands up. But more because it has taken the audience out of the drama, The Hour is escapism and for that moment the escapism hasn’t worked.”
    I think that’s what happened here, although I wouldn’t say the line is anachronistic, just slightly odd. If it hadn’t jarred I wouldn’t have noticed it, because I’d have been caught up in the story.
    She went on to say: “But I am a dramatist. I elaborate. I imagine.”
    Thus using a verb that is usually transitive without an object – how about that?