New Zealand ways of speaking were often deplored as rough and crude. The word ‘bloody’, used incessantly and inventively, was also known as ‘the colonial adjective’. This 1905 article from the Tuapeka Times discusses the word’s origins and use.
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Reference: Tuapeka Times. 15 February 1905, p. 3
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