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    dumful

    Dear teacher

    Apparently I misheard this word, which sounded like 'dumful' and means 'disgraced, doomed, etc'.

    I search for 'dumful', it's not a word. I wonder what the actuall word is.

    Thanks

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    Re: dumful

    Could it have been "dismal"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: dumful

    No, 'dismal' does not rhyme with (or sound like) 'dumful'. It may be old English, the series I heard this from is 'Robin Hood'.

    I don't know, maybe they meant 'dumb fool'. Ha. Apparently I have just figured it out.

    English and vowels...I wonder when I'll stop struggling with vowels.

    Thanks

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    Re: dumful

    Hm. If "dumful" were a word, it wouldn't probably sound like "dumb fool". "Fool" has the long vowel /u:/ in it. The suffix "-ful" has the short vowel /ʊ/. What is the context?

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    Re: dumful

    Could it have been downfall?
    Are you sure it was an adjective? Can you remember the context?

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    Re: dumful

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teacher

    Apparently I misheard this word, which sounded like 'dumful' and means 'disgraced, doomed, etc'.

    I search for 'dumful', it's not a word. I wonder what the actuall word is.

    Thanks
    cervejas

    How about some context. Perhaps it was after a few 'cervejas'.

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    Re: dumful

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    cervejas

    How about some context. Perhaps it was after a few 'cervejas'.
    'cervejas' are always welcome!

    But the word (or expression) I am looking for is 'dumb fool', I misheard the original. I can't remember the episode of the series I heard this from.

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