In P.G.Wodehouse’s Mr Mulliner Speaking (1929) a girl sends an indignant letter:

“…Wifred arrives home in charge of a policeman, and Mother is furious. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so pre-War”

“Pre-war” presumably a synonym for pompously indignant. General usage or an invention of Wodehouse’s?

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  1. Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Harry Wall’s play “Havoc” (1924) is set in March-April, 1918.
    Violet (a spoilt young girl-about town) justifies going out with Dick while Roddy, her fiancee, is in the trenches, by telling a woman who protests at her behaviour: “Dear, you’re dreadfully pre-war.”

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