"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Monday, July 04, 2005

Interesting h2g2 entry

The Origins and Common Usage of British Swear-words. Illuminating stuff - I particularly like the bit about the origin of the phrase "the dog's bollocks."


Colin said...

Never knew that 'berk' was from cockney rhyming slang 'Berkshire Hunt'.

Or that Threadneedle St previously had such a fruity name.

john said...

aye - but isn't berkshire pronounced bark-shire?

Colin said...

Hm. Either it is nonsense, or the pronunciation has changed, which isn't out of the question.