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Started by Dave Hughes, February 09, 2007, 11:37:16 AM
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QuoteI hope you may be able to help with some research for a BBC history series.I'm producing the second run of BBC2's series Balderdash and Piffle – a rather sweet and playful show that delves into the origins of popular words and phrases and even rewrites the Oxford English Dictionary. (Please do check it out at www.bbc.co.uk/balderdash)The OED is of course no ordinary dictionary: it contains not just the meanings of words, but the history of their use. How our series works is that over the last few months we've publicised a long list of words and phrases that the OED wants help with, and we're now following up leads sent in to us by the public and going in search of earlier and earlier examples of these words or phrases in print. If we're successful, we'll get our new information into the dictionary, and every little bit counts towards fleshing out one little corner of the history of the English language.One of the phrases we're hunting down is 'dog's bollocks', and our 'dog's bollocks' word-hunt will take us through quite a number of curious applications of the phrase - including printers' slang for the punctuation mark :-I'm very keen to talk to people about their memories of printers' slang of the 70s, 60s, and even 50s, and so I'd very much like to get in touch with people who were working as typesetters in these decades, ideally in London. Do you think you could help put me in touch with some people like this?I can be contacted on 020 7424 8591, or 07973 131309. I very much look forward to hearing from you.One such claim was sent in from someone who played a lot of brag as a student in the '60s, and said that a pair of twos was always known as the dog's bollocks. (Even though its far from the best brag hand).