A very chavvy Christmas

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 10 05:45:36 UTC 2008

Quoting Pupil three:

"Well. Then blow me ..."

Ca.1975, I was vaguely acquainted with an Englishwoman - the
victim-wife of my girlfriend's abusive, Australian ex-boyfriend - who
randomly alternated "blow me" with "blimey" in her speech. Surprised
to hear a woman say "blow me," I asked her about it. But, before she
could complete her response, the husband interrupted, shouting, "Oh,
you liar! You liar! Shut up!", as was his wont, whenever she attempted
to make a statement without having him vet it first.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 5:33 PM, James Harbeck <jharbeck at sympatico.ca> wrote:
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> At the bottom of the following article is a splendid script written
> in chav-style British English.
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/3690166/Chav-nativity-casts-Mary-as-a-Kappa-slapper.html
> Amusingly, the parents of the teens who were given it to perform
> complained not about the irreverence (some might say blasphemy) but
> about the kind of language their kids were apparently being taught.
> James Harbeck.
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