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Fri Jul 02, 2004 at 09:56:08 pm EDT
A Quick Guide to Mumph Speak.
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I found this a couple of days ago in my old BZL folders:

Quick guide to Mumphrey-speak:

Mumphrey’s speech patterns are based on those of the sort of old colonels and clubmen in Victorian literature, beloved of 40’s and 50’s Hollywood films (think all those portrayals of Dr Watson).

Mumph often uses public school slang, so he’ll often describe something as bally / deuced / dashed queer or whatever. He sometimes finishes his sentences with a quite random “what” (as in, “Jolly nice day, what?) or “don’t y’know?” he might refer to people he doesn’t like as oiks or ticks (if they’re insignificant subordinate nuisances), cads, blighters, or bounders (if they’re more nasty). He contracts certain informal words such as m’dear, but generally uses formal forms of address unless he know someone very well, just surnames for most men he considers equals (people I was at school with still greet me with “How are you doing, Watson?”). He tends to harrumph.

“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, don’t you know, for they are dashed subtle and jolly quick to anger, what?”

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