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... 'Ah '11 tell tha7 what it is, Jess,' said his companion, pointing the stem of his pipe and becoming broader in his Yorkshire as he grew more philosophical. 'If t' United1 had less brass2 to lake3 wi', they'd lake better football.'His eyes searched the past for a moment, looking for the team that had less money and had played better football. 'Tha can remember when t' club had niwer4 set eyes on two thousand pahnds, when t' job lot wor not worth two thahsand pahnds, pavilion and all, and what sort of football did they lake then? We know, don't we? They could gi' thee1 summat5 worth watching then. Nah, it's all nowt,6 like t' ale an' baccy7 they ask so mich8 for — money fair thrawn away, ah calls it. Well, we mun9 'a' wer teas and get ower it. Behave thi-sen/10 Jess!' And he turned away, for that final word of caution was only one of Bruddersford's familiar good-byes.

'Ay,11 replied Mr. Oakroyd dispiritedly. 'So long, Jim!'"

1 tha (thee) — the objective case of thou; 2 brass money; 3 to lake — to play; 4 nivver never; 5 summat — something; 6 nowt — nothing; 7 baccy tobacco; 8 mich — much; 9 тип — must; 10 thi-sen (= thy-self) yourself; 11 ay(e) yes.

Exercises

I. Consider your answers to the following.

1.

What determines the choice of stylistically marked words in each particular situation?

2.

In what situations are informal words used?

3.

What are the main kinds of informal words? Give a brief description of each group.

1 United — the name of a football team.

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