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German: ‘Schweinerai’.

In German, ‘Schweinerai’ means (i) a disgusting mess (ii) a dastardly, back-stabbing plot (for example an office intrigue).

Older New Irelanders and Tolais could yell swainera! at their children, meaning ‘bloody hell! who did this?’, if, say, they’d broken something and run away.

Any more examples using swain or swainera?


Exclamation forms

  1. (bloody hell!)

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