The following is an entry of a public school boy's diary. I don't understand what the last phrase "Très riping" means.

Drove to Canterbury in 3 breaks. Visisted Cathedral, very interesting. Thomas A'Beckett's blood. Très riping.

L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between

Does this phrase mean something like "very interesting"? I understand that "très" is a French word meaning "very." But though I checked several dictionaries I could not find an appropriate definition of "riping".

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    Probably his mis-spelling of ripping, old-fashioned slang for 'very good/exciting'. Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 7:22
  • @KateBunting - Such mis-spellings ('howlers') are practically a trope in the 1950s - I remember the 'Down with Skool', and 'How to be Topp' books that (slightly) pre-dated my schooldays. "History started badly and hav been getting steadily worse". Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 10:26
  • 3 errors that I can see - 1.visited 2 Becket 3 ripping. Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 10:28

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This "broken english" has resulted in many mispellings, even in just this one sentence.

mis-spelling of ripping, old-fashioned slang for 'very good/exciting' - @KateBunting

excellent; splendid; fine Dictionary.com

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    It isn't 'broken English' as he is a native speaker, just a series of childish spelling errors. Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 15:14

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