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USAGE: Bloofer

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Monday, January 24, 2000, 23:14
I'm at present reading Bram Stoker's Dracula in the
original English, and I've found myself lost in words
several times, which I can't find anywhere. I can usually
get away with it and grasp the concepts. But there is
one expresion which haunts me: 'bloofer lady'. What on
earth is a bloofer lady?

There are also some pieces of dialogue between the main
characters and people (generally of the lower classes)
who speak a dialect. I don't know if this was really
like that, or an exaggeration/stereotyping on the part
of the author. In particular, the dialect speakers
seemed to consistently drop the -s from the 3s verb
forms, and to to add it in the other persons! (Moreover,
Professor Van Helsing completely scrambled the verbs.)

(In case you're wondering, I downloaded the book in PDF
format from It's all free and
relatively well-presented, usually in Spanish and in
many cases in English too.)

--Pablo Flores