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    utterly, flutterly utter

    Dear all,

    I read about a popular tune of Oscar Wilde's time composed in his honor:

    Oscar dear, Oscar dear,
    How utterly flutterly utter you are;
    Oscar dear, Oscar dear,
    I think you are awfully wild!

    I'm curious about what "utterly flutterly utter" means and the definitions offered by dictionaries are not of much help.
    Can anybody explain it for me?

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    Re: utterly, flutterly utter

    Well, "flutterly" isn't an actual word. But it does rhyme.

    And it evokes the word "flutter" which describes how a butterfly flits around.

    Good enough for song lyrics.

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