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    Reading Adrian Mole

    A new language is a new culture therefore the more I read ,the more I will ask

    Here are my new problem areas

    ".....playing havoc with my skin " Adrian says somewhere. What is meant by it?

    "go to take advantage of their OAP cheap beer offer" What is that OAP ????

    '.....Grandma started fidgeting and whispering about getting back to switch her sprouts on.'
    I couldn't understand the meaning here? What is the meaning of 'sprouts'?


    Adrian says " I think mother is cracking up " How does she behave ? The book says "She is behaving even more strangely than usually."


    '.....old yellow Observers' Isn't 'Observer' a newspaper ,if so why yellow ??


    '............puddles of nylon knickers on the floor' I understand nylon nickers but what's that puddles or puddles of nylon knickers


    '....Her bedside shelves are full of the yukky junk she buys from the second hand shops and stinking old books.'

    What is 'yukky junk'????

    '....All my father got on his shelves are his AA book.'
    What can an AA book be about? What kind of books are they?


    '.....I asked my father why he had married my mother.Talk about opening
    the floodgates!Fifteen years of bitterness and resentment spilled out.'

    Can you explain the underlined words? What do they refer to???

    There is a mongrel in the book -called Mitzi .Is Mitzi a dog or a cat???

    In the book Mitzi was being prepared for Crufts and Adrian says Mitzi musn't suffer any stress.

    What is Crafts??? Why mustn't Mitzi suffer stress?

    I hope you aren't tired of reading.If I get the answers I will be very pleased.
    ,But I am afraid ,my questions will continue like this.

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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Well, I don't have all the answers, but perhaps I have a few.
    "playing havoc with my skin" Apparently, he is allergic to something and he had a bad reaction to it.

    Apparently, "mother" is behaving oddly.

    Apparently, the paper the Observer is printed on is yellow. Or if they have old ones they might have turned yellow.

    The phrase "puddles of nylon knickers on the floor" might mean that there are a bunch of nylon knicers on the floor in a heap.

    Do you know what "yukky" means?

    AA - Alcoholics Anonymous

    The words came pouring out as if floodgates had been opened.

    Mitzi is almost certainly a dog.

    If you owned a dog you would understand why a dog owner wouldn't want his dog to suffer any stress.


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Well, I don't have all the answers, but perhaps I have a few.
    "playing havoc with my skin" Apparently, he is allergic to something and he had a bad reaction to it.

    Apparently, "mother" is behaving oddly.

    Apparently, the paper the Observer is printed on is yellow. Or if they have old ones they might have turned yellow.

    The phrase "puddles of nylon knickers on the floor" might mean that there are a bunch of nylon knicers on the floor in a heap.

    Do you know what "yukky" means?

    AA - Alcoholics Anonymous

    The words came pouring out as if floodgates had been opened.

    Mitzi is almost certainly a dog.

    If you owned a dog you would understand why a dog owner wouldn't want his dog to suffer any stress.

    I would think that AA in this instance is referring to the Automobile Association. The yellow Observers are yellow because they are old and the OAP's are old age pensioners.

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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would think that AA in this instance is referring to the Automobile Association.
    AAA = American Automobile Association

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The yellow Observers are yellow because they are old
    Probably true.


    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    and the OAP's are old age pensioners.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    AA = Automoblie Association (UK)


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Quote Originally Posted by cocokpln View Post
    A new language is a new culture therefore the more I read ,the more I will ask

    Here are my new problem areas

    ".....playing havoc with my skin " Adrian says somewhere. What is meant by it? He suffers from acne.

    "go to take advantage of their OAP cheap beer offer" What is that OAP ???? Old Age Pensioner

    '.....Grandma started fidgeting and whispering about getting back to switch her sprouts on.'
    I couldn't understand the meaning here? What is the meaning of 'sprouts'? brussel sprouts - a miniature form of cabbage : http://tinyurl.com/2a26ya


    Adrian says " I think mother is cracking up " How does she behave ? The book says "She is behaving even more strangely than usually."


    '.....old yellow Observers' Isn't 'Observer' a newspaper ,if so why yellow ?? Newspaper paper goes yellowy-brown as it ages.


    '............puddles of nylon knickers on the floor' I understand nylon nickers but what's that puddles or puddles of nylon knickers They are in small heaps looking like puddles in a road.


    '....Her bedside shelves are full of the yukky junk she buys from the second hand shops and stinking old books.'

    What is 'yukky junk'???? "distasteful rubbish" - Adrian doesn't like the ornaments she has bought in the second-hand shops.

    '....All my father got on his shelves are his AA book.'
    What can an AA book be about? What kind of books are they? Books published by the Automobile Association - Travel guides, books of maps, information relating to motoring.


    '.....I asked my father why he had married my mother.Talk about opening
    the floodgates!Fifteen years of bitterness and resentment spilled out.'

    Can you explain the underlined words? What do they refer to???

    There is a mongrel in the book -called Mitzi .Is Mitzi a dog or a cat??? Mongrels are always dogs = dog.

    In the book Mitzi was being prepared for Crufts and Adrian says Mitzi musn't suffer any stress.

    What is Crafts??? Why mustn't Mitzi suffer stress? Crufts Dog Show is one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world. Anyone takng part in such a prestigious occasion is likely to become stressed. If Mitzi becomes stressed, then she will not show herself well in the ring. Crufts
    ,But I am afraid ,my questions will continue like this.
    Keep them coming!


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Thanks a lot :))


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Thanks a lot Anglika
    I hope I won't bore you


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot bhaisahab.Be sure my questions will go on like this.Location says you are in France. By the way Are you an English who is sunbathing on the French beaches.Anyway thanks a lot.


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    Re: Reading Adrian Mole

    Hi Ronbee,The Spiderman,
    Thanks a lot .Have you heard this Adrian? It's really difficult to read a book in the second language you are learning.Because books reflect culture.My questions will continue I am afraid.
    By the way after looking at this message I have a new question now.
    Will there be 'the' before 'Spiderman'

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