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The Australian phrase Rafferty's rules means "no rules at all."

In reality, there was no Rafferty; instead a synonym of rebellious was mispronounced to create the name; what was the synonym




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Answer: refractory

That which is stubborn, unmanageable, or rebellious is refractory.

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