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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I just wasn't brung up proper

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    Is "brung" a collateral of improper upbringing or is it a proper past participle form of "bring", which my dictionary failed to print?

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    Re: Drawing room?

    It is used exactly to emphasise the fact that the person was not brought up correctly, to the extent that they were not even taught correct English grammar. "Brung" does not exist.
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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    An upper-class Brit with a country house wouldn't dream of having a piano in his drawing room.

    It would be in the music room.
    I'm not sure. There might be a separate music room, but not necessarily. Anyway, this might well be different in a town house or even just a flat.

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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudi7 View Post
    I'm not sure. There might be a separate music room, but not necessarily. Anyway, this might well be different in a town house or even just a flat.
    Getting a piano into a flat, unless it's a ground-floor flat, is never a fun experience.
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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Getting a piano into a flat, unless it's a ground-floor flat, is never a fun experience.
    Rather off-topic, but I once, in China, had the dubious pleasure of watching, across a courtyard, the windows (including frames) being taken out from a sixth-floor flat and a very dodgy-looking block and tackle being fitted to an even more dubious-looking lump of wood, hand-supported above the window, in order to raise an upright piano six floors. It was the sight of one of the people involved hanging from the boom with one hand, with one foot on the lower edge of the window hole, guiding the ropes with his free hand, that clicked in my second-hand vertigo, and I was unable to witness the completion of this task. My partner told me afterwards that the piano and the participants survived.
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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Is "brung" a collateral of improper upbringing or is it a proper past participle form of "bring", which my dictionary failed to print?
    Like "spring, sprang, sprung" is "bring, brang, brung."

    Of course, the proper English is "bring, brought, brought."

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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Is "brung" a collateral of improper upbringing or is it a proper past participle form of "bring", which my dictionary failed to print?
    It's an example of deviant usage- the deliberate breaking of language rules to achieve an effect.

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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's an example of deviant usage- the deliberate breaking of language rules to achieve an effect.
    Ohhhh, deviant usage makes me the think of things much worse than language!
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    Re: Drawing room?

    The only deviance allowed in our drawing room in Tdol Towers, and then only on the first Monday of the month, was a spot of grammatical abuse.

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    Re: Drawing room?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The only deviance allowed in our drawing room in Tdol Towers, and then only on the first Monday of the month, was a spot of grammatical abuse.
    Deviance from what? Only small people have rules.

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