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  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. Queen Elizabeth II.

Etymologies

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Possibly from Old Norse brandr ("sword"); by folk etymology seen as a feminine form of Brendan. Its use as a nickname for Queen Elizabeth II originated in Private Eye in reaction to a perceived attempt by the royals to appear less distant and upper class.

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