Posted by Miri Barak on October 23, 2003
In Reply to: Don't let's" said Kathleen posted by R. Berg on October 23, 2003
: : I would like to know the meaning of Don't let's.
: : The context from The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit:
: : Gerald the eldest tells his brother and sister to march and they reach a dark place with steps down:
: : "There are steps down", said Jimmy.
: : It is an ice-house", said Gerald.
: : "Don't let's", said Kathleen.
: : I have to explain that she is not very brave (as girls used to be depicted in books on those days.
: : Maybe she means: let's not go any further?
: : My Many thanks
: : miri
: That's what she means. "Don't let's" is a conventional colloquial form for "Let's not."
Thank you both ESC and R. Berg You're always so helpful.