One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to get someone's attention or to invite a response.‘now then, who's for a coffee?’
2Used as an expression of mild remonstrance or warning.‘now then, Emily, I think Sarah has suffered enough’
- ‘Now then now then guys and gals, I'll give you two points for the name of the song and five points for the name of the band.’
- ‘Now then, now then - Sir Jimmy Savile OBE is all set to help Otley's Christmas lights switch-on a much brighter affair this year.’
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