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13:58 Nov 6, 2007
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / terms
English term or phrase:terms understanding
here is the sentence comes from a novel like this:" When the phrase 'the bastards'is unsed in Australia, its reference is understood on all sides.'The bastards' was once the convict's term for the men who called themselves his betters and flogged him if he disagreed."
I wonder what exact meaning of "bastards" and "betters" here?