Merdre!  

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 This page Merdre! is part of the nonsense series. Illustration: True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896), a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi representing Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.
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This page Merdre! is part of the nonsense series.
Illustration: True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896), a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi representing Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.

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"Merdre" (English: "Shittr") is the incipit of Ubu Roi, a play by Alfred Jarry. It is a neologism based on the word merde (shit), featuring an extra 'r'.

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Often rendered today followed by an exclamation mark, the exclamation mark is absent in the 1896 edition [1], the 1897 Mercure de France edition of Ubu Roi and the "Revue blanche" edition of 1900[2].

English translation

"Merdre!" has been translated into English as "Pshit!", "Shitteth!", "Shittr!", "Shikt!", "Shrit!", "Pschitt!", and "Shitsky!".

Dutch translation

Dutch translator Dolf Verspoor rendered it in 1965 as 'potverproep', Cornelis Jan Kelk had given 'verrek' in 1922, Du Perron corrected that with the trouvaille 'verdrek'.

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