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What is a "bloofer"?

In case anyone is curious about the origin of the term “bloofer lady,” this is the best day for an explanation.

 

Open your copy of Dracula (now surely everyone has a copy of Dracula!) to Chapter 13, and find the entry entitled “The Westminster Gazette, 25 September”. Here you’ll find the first occurrence of the term. It appears six more times on subsequent pages.

 

It turns out that the mysterious “bloofer lady” is none other than Lucy Westenra who has returned from the dead to entice young children into her vampire embrace. (If you want to know more, read the book!)

 

Where did Bram Stoker find the term? Or did he make it up? The most likely source is Charles Dickens who in his novel Our Mutual Friend uses the almost identical  “boofer lady”  - as a childlike rendering of “beautiful lady.”

 

Several years ago when I joined an on-line discussion group about Dracula/vampires, I decided to adopt it as a nickname. It stuck!

 
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dracschick From: dracschick Date: September 26th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I like it:)
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blooferlady From: blooferlady Date: September 26th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, "Dracula Blogged" is an excellent way to read the novel. Sections are posted corresponding to the dates porovided in the novel. (For those not familiar with the book, it comprises journal/diary entries by several of the characters.) "Dracula Blogged" <http://infocult.typepad.com/dracula/> provides an opportunity to read the book in "real time" - a fascinating experience. You can also submit comments on individual excerpts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the great explanation! I was puzzled for not finding bloofer in any dictionary...
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