One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate that something is finished, ruined, or inoperative, or that someone is dead.‘it is all over, napoo, fini—understand?’‘my poor old dugout is napoo’
- ‘'Napoo, napoo,' shout several voices. I chuckle, then snuggle down.’
- ‘You'll realize for yourself that that kind of game is napoo.’
- ‘'I'll give you a choice: drink, or shut up—let be—napoo. Which will you have?'’
- ‘He had gone white and she knew that he had guessed. He said with a strained smile: ‘Well, that's napoo then. Have a good time in Oxford.’’
- ‘Unfortunately my scanner is 'napoo', so cannot post any photos at the moment.’
- ‘The BEF Times of 20 January 1917 announced 'no whisky, no war' following rumours that whisky was 'napoo'.’
- ‘"Napoo!" said Freddie. "He's afraid of what will happen to his blasted career if he marries a girl who's been in the chorus."’
- ‘I simply can't! Anything to oblige and all that sort of thing, but when it comes to cooing, distinctly Napoo!’
- ‘He stopped in a moment and bent down to strike the match saying it would be napoo to their smoke if it didn't light.’
- ‘They were done for, napoo.’
First World War: representing a pronunciation of French il n'y en a plus or il n'y a plus ‘there is no more’.
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