400 Concerning the American Language
" I don't wish to flatter you, but it is about all I can do to understand you now."
That was a very pretty compliment, and it put us on the pleasantest terms directly — I use the word in the English sense.
[Later— 1882. Esthetes in many of our schools are now beginning to teach the pupils to broaden the ay and to say " don't you," in the elegant foreign way.]