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oh bother! exclamation

Things are not going well

Collected by

Dad – 1950s
George Iliff – father of Mark, JM, G & Bel


The intonation was moderate, but when he reached for this, his strongest swear, we knew Dad was not enjoying life.

”BOTHERED or BOTH-EARED. Talked to at both ears by different persons at the same time, confounded, confused. IRISH PHRASE”
—1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Francis Grose

Submitted: 17/03/2021 by Mark ● Last updated: 26/01/2022 11:19 by Mark

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