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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."

3 comments:

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.