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DeeDol

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Slovak
Hi, this is from Galbraith's Career of Evil.

A: ‘Whee’re thoo?’ (Barrovian accent)
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A: ‘Who – are – yew?’ asked Holly, in a mock London accent.
B: ‘My name’s Venetia Hall.’ (woman impersonating a lawyer, so I assume RP)
A: ‘Ooh, unlucky,’ said Holly with a broad grin at the closest workman, who sniggered.

I don't understand why Holly (A) would say that. Does it have anything to do with accents? Or the name? (Is the name Venetia Hall weird somehow?)
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    I think it just means that Venetia is now a very unusual name, and the person is unlucky to be called by such a strange name. I can't see any other reason for saying 'unlucky'.
     

    DeeDol

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    Would people in remote areas of UK laugh at such a fancy name as Venetia? (A name for "a poncy southerner", as stated later in the text by a different character?) Is "ooh, unlucky" a snide remark?
     

    ewie

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    English English
    People in all areas would laugh at a name like Venetia. Yes, it's a very snide remark.

    (I do realize that this thread is more than two years old. I just stumbled across it and thought I'd answer the unanswered questions.)
     
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