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Thread #108767 Message #2267536
Posted By: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
20-Feb-08 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: dead stupid....etc...
Subject: RE: BS: dead stupid....etc...
Re Megan L's posting of yesterday; the expression "pure dead brilliant" was actually part of the script (it became a bit of a "catchphrase" for one of the characters) in a BBC Scotland comedy series about twenty years ago, and was never part of Glasgow "patter" until then; I suspect it was synthesised out of the kind of usages of "dead" as an intensifier which we've got above and the contemporary usages of "pure" in much the same way, especially by the young. Don't know if "pure dead brilliant", or "pure dead [anything]" are used at all now, even in jest; but I can certainly confirm that, some five/ten years back, it was possible (for a teenager) to say simply that something was (simply) "pure", without necessarily referring to water or drugs. They all knew what they meant, even if no-one else did. Inevitably, it soon became possible to say something like: "See that? That's pure Pure, so it is." (I added the first phrase and the last just to give a bit of context; maybe I should have added a "like", too). And that's dead true, by the way.