[DWJ] Wilkins' Tooth

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Sat Dec 31 07:54:23 EST 2011

It doesn't look like the same thing to me. I don't think Ruth Park is using "yella and blue" as swear words so much as referring to the colours of bruises (a likely result of pinching).


On 31 Dec 2011, at 12:27, <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:

> On Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:14:57 +1100
> "Sally Odgers" <sally at sallyodgers.com> wrote:
>> Someone said... 
>>>>  (and if so, what happens to that remark of Jess's?)  Second,
>>>> where else have people encountered this convention of
>>>> representing swear words with colours?  I'm sure I've met it
>>>> elsewhere, but I can't think of an
>>> instance. 
>> In Ruth Park's Playing Beatie Bow, Beatie threatens to "pinch you
>> yella and blue" or something similar. 
> Ruth Park's "Playing Beatie Bow" says it was published 1980; what are
> the chances she had read "Wilkins Tooth", published seven years
> earlier?  That's a difficult one to call, short of asking her (which
> can't easily be done now).
> Minnow
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