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    Question A regular right-down bad'un

    Hi,

    I was watching Oliver Twist, and a boy told Oliver that his mother was "A regular right-down bad'un"

    What does "un" mean?

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    bad'un is an example of the dialect used by some of the characters. The person is actually saying 'bad one', a bad person, implying that she was of low moral character (a prostitute) and probably associating with criminals and other rough types - far from a genteel lady of quality.

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    I see. Thanks you David.

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    I see. Thank(s) you, David.

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    LOL, I meant thanks David.
    And Thank you IvanV.

    My English in summer is becoming such a bad'un, or thing I should say.

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    Have a good 'un, DC.

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Hi,

    I was watching Oliver Twist, and a boy told Oliver that his mother was "A regular right-down bad'un"
    Are you sure that the boy said "right-down", DC?

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    "But yer must know, Work'us, yer mother was a regular right-down bad 'un."

    Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy's Progress by Charles Dickens

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    Default Re: A regular right-down bad'un

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "But yer must know, Work'us, yer mother was a regular right-down bad 'un."

    Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy's Progress by Charles Dickens
    Thanks, David.

    Does this hold the same meaning as 'downright', as in,

    She's downright mean/ That's a downright lie,

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