?-?1993; author of column on Ulster usage in Belfast Newsletter.
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Eugene McKendry, review of Loreto Todds Words Apart: A
Dictionary of Northern Irish English, in Linen Hall Review (April 1991), writes: For most people in Northern Ireland a written
account of local English meant the newspaper articles and books of the
late John Pepper. Peppers aim was primarily to amuse (a quare
geg) and his mixture of words, anecdotes and malapropisms coloured
our awareness of, and attitudes towards, the value of local dialect. Unfortunately
he may also have confirmed stereotypes - linguistic and human. Nevertheless,
his output was impressive and his work remains an accessible mine of words
and lore &c.