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    unclear expressions

    Hello,
    I have a couple of questions regarding the precise meaning of some expressions I would like to ascertain I am correct about.
    1. In the phrase "Don Juan will be known bye-a-bye for what it is intended - a satire on abuses of the present state of society", what does bye-a-bye exactly mean? I couldn't find it anywhere, although it doesn't prevent me from understanding the passage on the whole.
    2. "if ...I am to be "snubbed so when I am in spirits", the poem will be naught etc." - here Byron is quoting something, the source doesn't matter, I don't quite get the meaning of "snubbed so when I am in spirits", could you please elucidate it for me.
    many thanks

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    Re: unclear expressions

    1. This should be by and by, which means eventually or sometime in the future.

    2. '...if I am to be ignored like this when I am drunk....' (I'm guessing about in spirits here. Others may think differently.)

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    Re: unclear expressions

    Thank you,
    but I was quoting it from a book which orthography is without any doubt, are you sure bye-a-bye means bye and bye? Had I been sure it was so, I wouldn't have posted the question here.

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    Re: unclear expressions

    It could be by the bye. The original expression is not something I have seen and can't find it. When was the book printed?

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    Re: unclear expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by vanveen View Post
    Thank you,
    but I was quoting it from a book which orthography is without any doubt, are you sure bye-a-bye means bye and bye? Had I been sure it was so, I wouldn't have posted the question here.
    Not 'bye and bye' but by and by.

    by and by - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

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    Re: unclear expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It could be by the bye. The original expression is not something I have seen and can't find it. When was the book printed?
    The book has been printed recently, but the quote was taken from an old source

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    Re: unclear expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Not 'bye and bye' but by and by.

    by and by - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

    Rover
    yes, thank you, it was a misprint, but the original text says bye-a-bye and that was exactly the reason why I doubted whether it is the same thing as by and by, I've never come across this spelling

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    Re: unclear expressions

    That's why I asked about the date- it could be an old spelling.

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