This is a betrayal most foul, Kerrigan.

lkjhg811

Senior Member
Korean
This is a betrayal most foul, Kerrigan.
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I think that the "betrayal most foul" should be changed to "most foul betrayal"
Would you let me know why the "most foul" is being used right after the "betrayal"?
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I concur with grassy. Your changed order is the usual "normal" order, but the original version is a bit florid. You can think of it as an abbreviation of "a betrayal of the most foul kind".
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    There's a set expression (or quotation perhaps): murder most foul. I'd say that "betrayal most foul" is modelled on that.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I know of course that it was uttered by the ghost of Hamlet's father.;) Agatha Christie took the phrase and made it even more widely known.
     
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