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Penz
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:17:01 AM

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The bus on which harry is has a conductor: speaking, I believe, very weirdly.

1)When he was talking about Voldemort's followers...
Quote:
..wiv You-know-'Oo gone, and they came quiet.

Shouldn't it have been "Came quietly"??

2) Now he is talking about the mass murderer.

Quote:
'e went wiv 'em quiet as anyfink, still laughing 'is 'ead off.

Quiet AS ANYTHING??
Not to mention, if he was laughing, he couldn't be quiet?

tautophile
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:18:19 AM
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The bus conductor is speaking in a very Cockney manner, using the adjective form ("quiet") instead of the adverb form ("quietly")--common in the Cockney dialect--and using /f/ instead of an unvoiced /th/--also common in Cockney.
Penz
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 2:58:55 AM

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Quiet as anything?? What does that mean? Never heard. On second thought, I've heard of as (something) as anything.
Is As redundant in the standard English or just in cockney English?
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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 7:10:40 AM

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Here come quietly or come quiet is an idiomatic in British English.
It means to go with the authorities, normally the police without resisting them the mass murderer can still make noise such as laughing about his crime. He isn’t struggling against them.
thar
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 7:45:02 AM

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Quiet is not just about sound. It is about the level of activity. Here, resistance.

You can be singing loudly but you come quietly if you acquiesce to the orders you are given.

Quote:
Having little motion or activity; calm.
the sea was quiet
a quiet night at home
all quiet on the Western front

Not busy, of low quantity.
The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.
Business was quiet for the season.
Penz
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 8:02:14 AM

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Come quiet is standard English, isn't it?
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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 9:59:50 AM

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I don't think so.

If you don't resist arrest, you "come quietly".
If you stop making a noise, you "become quiet".

I can't think of a standard usage for "come quiet".

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On "as quiet as anything", it's a superlative of "quiet".
He was as quiet as a lamb.
He was as quiet as a mouse.
He was as quiet as a summer breeze.
He was as quiet as anything (whatever you can think of which is quiet - he was as quiet as that - anything. Nothing is quieter.)

Omitting the first "as" is not standard English, but it is heard in colloquial speech all over the UK.

Penz
Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2021 2:12:58 AM

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I looked up in Merriam and found that it was written quite like this:
(as) calm as anything.
Is it only a special case with "calm"?
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Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:31:10 AM

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Penz wrote:
I looked up in Merriam and found that it was written quite like this:
(as) calm as anything.
Is it only a special case with "calm"?


No, it can be used with many emotional states: as angry as/as excited as/as furious as/as depressed as, etc. In each case, however, you add something to show "how" angry/excited/furious/depressed someone is.
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