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    Explain me please, who knows.
    What does 'Super Trooper' mean from a famous ABBA's song?
    Thanks in advance

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    I found this at super trouper (English translation glossary) Idioms / Maxims / Sayings,
    'As the ABBA Magazine described it in their December 1980 issue, “’Super Trouper’ is the name given by lighting crews to the biggest spotlight in the theatre or circus”. I don’t know the origin of this nickname, but I don’t think it actually comes from a brand name “Trouper”.'

    Note that,
    A trooper is a mounted soldier or police officer and, in the United States, a state police officer; a trouper is a member of an acting company, especially an experienced, steady, dependable actor. The term is extended in that elevated sense: any solid performer (not just an actor) is a trouper.
    Source: trooper, trouper. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

    All the best.

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    Thanks again, Casiopea!
    It is a funny thing for Russian native speakers. A long time ago there was a broadcaster Seva Novgorodtsev on the Russian service at the London BBC radio station. He presented this song as 'a song about an excellent commando soldier'. As I see today, it was a joke based on equivocality 'trooper-trouper'.
    Dear teacher, would you be so kind to correct this my post. I expect there are some errors here.
    thanks in advance

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    Here you are.
    It is a funny thing for Russian native speakers. A long time ago there was a broadcaster Seva Novgorodtsev on the Russian service at the London BBC radio station. He presented this song as 'a song about an excellent commando soldier'. As I see today, it was a joke based on [the] equivocality [of] 'trooper'.
    Dear teacher, would you be so kind [as] to correct this my post. I expect there are some errors here.

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    Thank you for a wonderful service, I really enjoy it

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    You're welcome. Y'all come back now, ya hear?

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    I didn't understand anything from your last post
    Y'all - what does it mean? A slang?
    Ya = you?

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    It's a line from a song called Ballad of Jed Clampett. Click here to read the ballad: Ballad Of Jed Clampett

    The last line Y'all come back now, ya hear means, you all (everyone) come back and visit us again, OK?

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    It's a line from a song called Ballad of Jed Clampett. Click here to read the ballad: Ballad Of Jed Clampett

    The last line Y'all come back now, ya hear means, you all (everyone) come back and visit us again, OK?

    All the best.
    Sorry but not OK for me.
    Does it mean
    Y'all come back now = you all come back now (immediately)
    and
    ya hear = do you hear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gritz06 View Post
    Sorry but not OK for me.
    Does it mean
    Y'all come back now = you all come back now (immediately)
    and
    ya hear = do you hear?
    Right. Y'all is a contraction of you + all. It means everyone. The last part ya hear is you hear. It's a tag question like, won't you? The word hear is synonymous with understand, just like see, as in, do you see?, Do you understand?

    Y'all come back now, ya hear? is a very friendly way of saying, Please visit again.

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