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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 No More Please : Barry Humphries and Australian English
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The article surveys the Australian English 'celebrated, resurrected and invented by Barry Humphries via his main characters, Barry McKenzie, Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson'. It explores how Humphries's satire reflects, and how it influenced Australian English; that is, which expressions Humphries discovered in the lexicon, and which expressions he invented in the attempt to expose what he perceived as the vulgarity and grotesqueness of everyday Australian life. It also offers some explanation for 'Humphries' shift from satire towards vaudeville drag shows' (160).

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