Discussion in 'English Only' started by Mylittleponny, Jul 1, 2011.
What does it mean this "Australian" gem? Thanks.
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I think the original sentence was "fraffly-fraffly well-spoken English",
I'm not sure.
As with all my quotings posted here until now, the source is the
extraordinary "the Story of English" by Robert McCrum et al..
Oh, right, in that case it is an Australian doing his best to say "frightfully, frightfully" with a posh English accent.
PS: in this particular context, "frightfully" is equivalent to "very".
My daughter did frightfully well on sports day. She won 42 medals.
In the 1960s an author using the pseudonym Afferbeck Lauder created a series of humorous books about dialect, coining the name Strine for Australian and Fraffly for high-class England English, pretending he was writing guides to foreign languages, not English. They rely on using spellings that exaggerate the features of the accent. (So 'Strine' is supposed to be how Australians say 'Australian', 'fraffly' is how the posh English pronounce 'frightfully', and so on.)
What I have found funny about this word is that it is supposed to gently mock the upperclasses, yet the only people I've ever heard use it (for comic effect) are posh themselves!
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