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    fule kno =? bay-bees?

    There can't be a single schoolchild in Britain who isn't aware of the dangers of smoking. They have it bludgeoned into them almost from the moment they leave the womb.
    One of the biggest single factors in people giving up smoking is the constant nagging from their own children, who have just come home from school after spending the afternoon staring at pictures of diseased lungs and sclerotic arteries.
    Not to mention lessons in the horrors of "passive smoking" which, as any fule kno, murders millions of unborn bay-bees every year.
    Just in case there are any youngsters out there who still think cigarettes are safe, there's a handy reminder that
    "SMOKING KILLS" plastered across the front of every packet.
    Hello Teacher,

    What are the meanings for " fule kno" and " bay-bee"? Thanks!

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    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    Fule kno "fool knows"
    Bay-bee "baby"

    i.e. "...as any fool knows, murders millions of unborn babies every year."

    Buggles (not a teacher)


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    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    Buggles, thank you for your answer. I understood.

    And I wonder why the author who is a British columnist wrote them in this way. Do you have any idea? To show his contempt and ridicule?

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    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    The writer was writing in the style of Reginald Molesworth - a fictional schoolboy from, I think, the 1960's. I think the author was someone like Geoffrey Willands or something like that and these humorous books were illustrated by the cartoonist Ronald Searle.
    The books were "written" by Molesworth himself and his spelling was of the standard used by your writer to make his point. One book was called " Down with Skool" in which Molesworth often stated,"...as any fule kno......."
    Your writer also uses "bay-bee" to poke fun at the do-gooders who are against passive smoking. When said in the right tone of voice "bay-bee" coveys the writer's contempt for people who he feels are only really concerned with making their point rather than any real feelings for actual babies.

    Sorry if that's a bit long, but it needed a bit of explaining.


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    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    Buggles,

    Thank you very much for your cool answer again.
    I am glad to learn this interesting writing style called Reginald Molesworth.
    Have a good one!


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    Nigel Molesworth

    Here he is: St Custard's


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    Hello Anglika, thanks for your correction. The cartoon is impressive.

    Have a good evening :)

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    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    Sorry for giving you the wrong First name of Molesworth, but I was dredging it from about forty years ago.

    Thanks Anglika for the link - that brought back some memories.


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    Didn't it, just! I had forgotten how funny some of the jokes were

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    #10

    Re: fule kno =? bay-bees?

    It's unfortunately true that - they don't write them like that any more!
    Thanks again.

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