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#1 2008-10-21 08:00:02

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 813

'direbolical' for 'diabolical'

‘Dire’ and ‘shambles’ often appear together in discussions and articles relating to recent sporting and other disappointments. Sometimes they are joined by ‘diabolical’ which has, perhaps, helped establish the usage in such contexts of ‘shambolic’ and ‘shambolical’. The appearance of ‘direbolical’ in this company is not at all surprising…

Well done lads for playing absolutley direbolical and earning B#20- B#60000 each for it! Now have another long rest (like the one i gave you last week …
www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/f … _city.html – 39k

The accounts of the 1400 strong MOD and civilian policemen is shocking and the worst of it all is the total ignorance and direbolical intelligence which …
hubpages.com/hub/what-the-battle-of-the-beanfield-means-to-me – 25k –

It certainly deserved a mention over the inexplicably direbolical Independance Day… ... Read More · DanCurley · About me. RE: Have A Nice Apocalypse …
www.empireonline.com/features/top10/mov … 401&page=2 – 77k –

I also found a variant which relates equally well to an old ‘diabollockal’ post:

direbollockall start to the season, yay. Ninja-666. Aug 14 2007, 18:20. hope you lot have remembered that the second game week deadline is in 10 mins …
forums.babblers.co.uk/lofiversion/index.php?t33086.html – 12k

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#2 2008-10-28 00:38:08

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
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Re: 'direbolical' for 'diabolical'

This one works better for dialects that convert a syllable-final r to vowel lengthening. Works well for them.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2008-10-28 00:38:37)


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#3 2008-10-28 17:53:59

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 813

Re: 'direbolical' for 'diabolical'

It’s easy to forget that although we tap the same vowel keys and understand each other perfectly on our little screens, face-to-face encounters would reveal much scope for misunderstanding/misreading. Most folk I hear and talk to are non-rhotic and it didn’t even occur to me that ‘dire’ and ‘dia-’ weren’t necessarily homophones. I wonder whether expressions like ‘dyer circumstances’ (82 ughits) and ‘dyer situation’ (42 ughits) are just mis-spellings or are really about the likelihood of actually dying?

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#4 2010-12-06 23:33:48

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

Re: 'direbolical' for 'diabolical'

Fix the Murray River, Australia
all states need to look to their premiers to get the whole picture and they must be made accountable for this situation..i am in really no place to give advice to you who are in diastraits cause i am living inTownsville,where we have enough water at the moment

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