Kōrero: Rural language

The colonial adjective

The colonial adjective

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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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Tuapeka Times. 15 February 1905, p. 3

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - The evolution of rural language', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/18583/the-colonial-adjective (accessed 1 June 2020)

He kōrero nā Dianne Bardsley, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008