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Can't do nuffink underwater,. 'Ere Options
Penz
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:25:10 AM

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry is on a bus. And the conductor is speaking quire weirdly.
Quote:

'Yep,' said Stan proudly, 'anywhere you like, long's it's on land. Can't do muffins underwater. 'Ere,' he said, looking suspicious again, 'you did flag us down, dincha?



Quote:
Big trouble it caused, dinnit, Ern?
'Ar, ' said Ern darkly.


What is he saying there?

thar
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:28:54 AM

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have you said it out loud to yourself? If you heard that, in this context, what would you think he is saying?

It is colloquial/slang to use a double negative.
And to use an f sound instead of a th.

Can't do nuffink.

= Can't do anyfing.

And 'Here,....' is a way to address someone in this type of interaction, when you are recalling something.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:53:31 AM

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It might help to understand that J.K. Rowling is writing in the style of a particular working class accent found in London.

‘Dincha” this is the words ‘Didn’t you’ strung together in that accent.
“Dinnit” this is “Did it not” again squashed together.
Penz
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 8:06:03 PM

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Sorry, I asked about those which I had highlighted.
'Ar?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 1:36:10 AM

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Sorry yes.
Ar here is a sound of agreement, like yes or aye.
thar
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 1:36:18 AM

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That's just a sound.
Like an "aye" (yes).
Penz
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 3:04:05 AM

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Thank you so much.
Penz
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021 3:04:07 AM

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Thank you so much.
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