Posted by John Wilson on January 12, 2020 at 02:33:56 user hugo.
In Reply to: Re: Blued posted by John Nichols on January 11, 2020 at 16:53:23:
Peggy says to Titty & Roger “did you know Susan’s blued a birthday present on a mincing machine? To improve the pemmican” (PP ch 2) The intended inference to me is of sacrifice (of her present, for the group) rather than of extravagance. Mrs. Blackett talks of coming to camp “to try Susan’s minced pemmican.”
My Concise Oxford (9th edition, 1995) has many (9+) meanings for "blue" under two headings; one of them is "Squander" money (British slang, perhaps a variant of "blow"). Others include "a red-headed person" (!) and "an argument or row" (Austral. slang). I recall from the last century an Australian cartoon strip "Bluey and Curley".
And Collins Dictionary (1979) also has for blue "to spend extravagantly or wastefully; squander" (slang)
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