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bilby commented on the word murerk
Is this book at all readable? Sometimes a writer can try too hard to lay out the speech mannerisms of the times to the point where it obscures whatever it is the novel is about.
August 6, 2011
knitandpurl commented on the word murerk
"Look, carrot-face, get the murerk, else I'll fetch you a sockdolager what'll lay you out till Christmas," he said."
The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman, p 116 of the Knopf paperback
"The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
*. The mistress of the house: tramps’ c.: from ca 1855. ?burerk (BURICK) perverted."
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