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flylikeeagle
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 8:19:58 AM

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From the short story "The horror of the heights" by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle:

There is surely something divine in man himself that he should rise so superior to the limitations which Creation seemed to impose — rise, too, by such unselfish, heroic devotion as this air-conquest has shown. Talk of human degeneration! When has such a story as this been written in the annals of our race?

What he's referring to by "story"? Does he mean, for example, "The story of mankind"? Or does he mean a "lie"?
flylikeeagle
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 8:26:53 AM

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Does he mean "the story of manned aviation"?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 10:03:18 AM

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Flylikeeagle you are correct in your first thought, Sir Arthur Conan Doyke is using story to mean the " tale of man" or "history of mankind" not to refer to a lie.

It is used in a similar manner in the "story of aviation".


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Romany
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 5:59:08 AM
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100 years ago Conan-Doyle probably would have said "tale of man" or "history of mankind".

But please note that we would use neither phrase today.

In contemporary English it would be " the history of humankind ", "the tale of human evolution", "human history".
Whatever one's personal feelings about this, we do NOT refer any longer to men AND women as "men", nor to men AND women as "mankind".

Enough has been said, written, taught in schools, by the year 2018 to make continued use of "man" - as a noun inclusive of women - seem deliberately rude or misogynist.
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