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vkhu
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 10:25:07 AM
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Why doesn’t this tug bucket, Stone Age piece of junk have an internal antenna? Even glooping phones have internal antennae.

~Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex


I have not a single clue what kind of phone is "glooping". Since the author is Irish, maybe it's a slang for an old type of phone?
thar
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 10:30:26 AM

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You are being too literal.

Read it as

even f***** phones have internal antennae!

It is not about the phone! Whistle
Parpar1836
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 11:01:57 AM
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Could "glooping" be a portmanteau reuse of the old Russian adjective "gloopy," meaning "stupid," and transposition of the adjective "bleeping," a substitution for an obscenity?
thar
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 11:27:26 AM

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Well the 'ing' is certainly substitutive. As for 'gloop- I can't speak for him but I suspect it is just a word with a disparaging meaning that feels satisfying in the mouth as you say it.
Just a fun invention to keep the child rating and yet express some emotion.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 11:33:37 PM

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Hi vkhu.

I don't really know what Eoin Colfer was thinking when he wrote that. He may have had some idea of the Russian word - he may have been referring to the ring-tones some people have on their mobiles, which soung like "gloop-gloop".

It does not really mean anything - I agree with thar that it's just an "invented" swear-word. It's being used instead of a real 'taboo' word.

This author 'plays with words' in these books (it is part of the humour).

One of the characters, Mulch, 'swears' using almost-meaningless (but humourous-sounding) words like this.

Holly (the Elf 'heroine') is an officer of the 'Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit' - LEP Recon.
These police are called 'LEPRECONS' - Leprechauns are Irish elvish creatures.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 12:21:41 AM

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Parpar1836 wrote:
Could "glooping" be a portmanteau reuse of the old Russian adjective "gloopy," meaning "stupid," and transposition of the adjective "bleeping," a substitution for an obscenity?

Why then Americans have it as 'gloppy':

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/glop
https://www.thefreedictionary.com/gloop

?

Doesn't sound plausible.

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 4:27:47 AM
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Xap - as Drago and Thar say: it doesn't *have* a meaning here. So searching for etymology or alternative meanings in this instance doesn't help.

He could have said:
"This wretched phone"
"This bloody phone"
"This hell-cursed phone"

which are the usual sort of things adults say. But this is a kid's book. So he doesn't use an adult phrase he uses one that kids would understand and giggle at: - 'gloopy' sounds funny in English

but he could equally have said:
"This boobly phone"
"This rakkledy phone"
"This narabeen phone"
(these are just made-up words, don't go trying to look them up!)

Playing with words and sounds happens in all languages; English does it a lot. Especially in children's books - in order to teach kids that learning through reading is fun.
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