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Yanks officially recognise the word 'boffin'

By Archean
May 29, 2011
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,823   +922

    God, the English have like, um, sooo totally ruined English...:confused:
     
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 6,059   +76

    Ruined English = Modern English
     
  3. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    What the hell is "jiggery-pokery"?

    Sounds like some form of bad dancing.
     
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 6,059   +76

    Well according to Collins (on my cellphone) dictionary it means "it mean tricking people or being dishonest".

    But I have been thinking about some of the words, I mean who on earth are so bored out of their mind or have so much free time to come up with these :confused:

    Okay, one more thing, how on earth do you pronounce 'Twee', is it 'T-wee' or is it like 'T (silent) - wee' ....
     
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,910   +716

    Twee -one syllable, and it's pronouned as it looks (think Tween without the "n"). The word used to be in fairly common usage when I was growing up in London (30+ years ago)- although it's one of those words that seems to have fallen out of use due to its (upper) middle-class origins.
     
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    Thanks for that. Even still, i've never heard that used anywhere...not even on American TV or anything (I do pesume it's American slang).

    I also presume it was Jamie Oliver's fault the word "Pukka" got in there....Maybe they thought of Jamie when they wrote the word "Prat"?
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90

    I once again, am cutting edge...:p


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  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,823   +922

    I don't know about the seeming present participle. "boffin", but "boff" as as verb has always meant to have sex with. IE; "I'd sure like to boff her"! After that, Leeky can do what ever he wants to her PC.
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90


    You're going to leave the man with sloppy PC seconds?!
     
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 6,059   +76

    According Merriam-Webster the word 'boffin' was first used in 1945. Whereas boff was first used in 1937.

    So may be it has something to do with the WWII?

    And I am not going to comment on captain's boff adventures :evil:
     
     


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