Secret TV insider fact–most writers are lazy idiots.March 30, 2008
A character on ‘Heartbeat’ just said of another character “Say what you like about him, he’s old school.” Because, you know, people were always using hip hop terms to describe each other in rural England in the fucking late Sixties.
Development! Epocalypse writes “Old School has been in common English usage since the mid Eighteenth Century. It may be a hip hop phrase to you but it’s distinctly old school to me.”
Fair enough. Except the context was some old dear saying “He’s old school.” Not “He’s of the old school” or “very much an old school style of gentleman.”. Just “He’s old school.” And I’m sorry, but that’s just ridiculous.
Further development! Jake points out that the term was used in a 1952 episode of ‘Dragnet’. So perhaps I’m being unfair to the ‘Heartbeat’ writer. I still get a suspiciously modern scent from that line, but I may have been wrong to say it wouldn’t have been used at that time. The lazy idiot in the headline could well be me.