Bestest bride

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lapdwicks

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Sinhala
Dear all,

I've found the phrase "you will be the bestest bride I have ever seen" in the novel "Funny Boy" by Shyam Selvadurai.

The meaning of it is very clear in that context.

All what I want to know is whether the native English speakers use that type of phrases.


Thanks
 
  • JustKate

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    Bestest isn't standard English, of course - it's the sort of thing a little kid who didn't know any better might say. But some English speakers who aren't little kids use it too in a mildly humorous way. They wouldn't do so when they were trying to sound mature, literate and grammatical, though. :) But this sounds like dialogue, so no doubt Selvadurai thought this fit in with the personality of the character who said it.
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    It is childish talk. Some further context will show why the speaker has chosen this style.
     

    Biffo

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    English - England
    This is typical of a child's speech, not an adult's. It takes children time to learn how the grammar of their language works.

    (ditto)
     
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