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The colonial adjective

The colonial adjective

New Zealand ways of speaking were often deplored as rough and crude. The word ‘bloody’, used incessantly and inventively, was also known as ‘the colonial adjective’. This 1905 article from the Tuapeka Times discusses the word’s origins and use.

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Reference: Tuapeka Times. 15 February 1905, p. 3

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - The evolution of rural language', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/18583/the-colonial-adjective (accessed 3 April 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008