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What is bog in british slang?

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Answer # 1 #

From Middle English bog, from Irish and Scottish Gaelic bogach (“soft, boggy ground”), from Old Irish bog (“soft”),[1] from Proto-Celtic *buggos (“soft, tender”) + Old Irish -ach, from Proto-Celtic *-ākos.

The frequent use to form compounds regarding the animals and plants in such areas mimics Irish compositions such as bog-luachair (“bulrush, bogrush”).[1]

Its use for toilets is now often derived from the resemblance of latrines and outhouse cesspools to bogholes,[2][3] but the noun sense appears to be a clipped form of boghouse (“outhouse, privy”),[4] which derived (possibly via boggard) from the verb to bog,[5] still used in Australian English.[3] The derivation and its connection to other senses of "bog" remains uncertain, however, owing to an extreme lack of early citations due to its perceived vulgarity.[6][7]

bog (plural bogs)

bog (third-person singular simple present bogs, present participle bogging, simple past and past participle bogged)

See bug[8]

bog (plural bogs)

Uncertain,[9] although possibly related to bug in its original senses of "big" and "puffed up".

bog (comparative bogger, superlative boggest)

bog (plural bogs)

bog (third-person singular simple present bogs, present participle bogging, simple past and past participle bogged)

From bug off, a clipping of bugger off, likely under the influence of bog (coarse British slang for "toilet[s]").

bog (third-person singular simple present bogs, present participle bogging, simple past and past participle bogged)

From Old Norse bók (“beech, book”), from Proto-Germanic *bōks, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵos (“beech”).

bog c (singular definite bogen, plural indefinite bøger)

Maybe from Middle Low German bōk.

bog c (singular definite bogen, plural indefinite bog)

bog m (plural bogs)


Probably from Proto-Finno-Ugric *poŋka (“knot, knob, protuberance, unevenness”). Cognates include Estonian pung.[1][2]

bog (plural bogok)

From Old Irish boc (“soft, gentle, tender; tepid”), from Proto-Celtic *buggos.

The verb is from Old Irish bocaid (“softens, makes soft; moves; shakes”), from the adjective.

bog (genitive singular masculine boig, genitive singular feminine boige, plural boga, comparative boige)

bog m (genitive singular boig)

bog (present analytic bogann, future analytic bogfaidh, verbal noun bogadh, past participle bogtha) (transitive, intransitive)

From Proto-Slavic *bogъ.

bog m (feminine equivalent bogowka)

From Old Norse bógr, from Germanic.

bog m (definite singular bogen, indefinite plural boger, definite plural bogene)

From Old Norse bógr, from Proto-Germanic *bōguz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵʰús.

bog m (plural bogen)

From Old Norse bók, from Proto-Germanic *bōks.

bog f (definite singular bogjå)

From Proto-Germanic *bōguz. Cognate with Old Saxon bōg, Old High German buog, Old Norse bógr.

bōg m

From Old Irish boc (“soft, gentle, tender; tepid”).

bog (comparative buige)

From Proto-Slavic *bogъ.

bȏg m (Cyrillic spelling бо̑г)

From Serbo-Croatian bog.

bog m

From Proto-Slavic *bogъ.

bọ̑g m anim (female equivalent bogínja)

From Old Swedish bōgher, from Old Norse bógr, from Proto-Germanic *bōguz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāǵʰus.

bog c

Mukhram Nasir
Answer # 2 #

A First some background for readers not close to British affairs. The comment about “bog-standard comprehensives” was produced at a briefing in February 2001 by the Prime Minister’s press spokesman, Alastair Campbell. A comprehensive school in Britain is one for children from 11 to 16 that caters for both sexes and all ranges of abilities.

Bog-standard is a well-known informal term, which originated in Britain; it means something ordinary or basic, but often in a dismissive or derogatory way. Mr Campbell used it like that and offended those who support the comprehensive system. (It had sufficient impact, though probably only temporarily, that I’ve seen one writer refer to a young man “just out of the local bog standard”, expecting to be understood.)

Bog-standard is a puzzling phrase and nobody knows where it came from. It first appeared in writing in the 1980s, seemingly out of the air. Several subscribers have told me that they remember it from the late 1960s and early 1970s in Rolls Royce and Ford factories and from other engineering environments.

The most obvious suggestion is that it has a link with bog. This has long been a British slang term for a lavatory or toilet. It’s a shortened form of the older bog-house for a latrine, privy, or place of ease, which is seventeenth century and is a variation on an even older term, boggard. (This doesn’t seem to have any connection with the other sense of boggard or boggart for a goblin or sprite.) The slangy bog definitely has a negative edge to it, so it might just be the origin, though how it came about is far from clear.

Despite the obvious association of ideas, the set of words for privy places doesn’t seem to link directly with bog for a marshy area (though the association no doubt helped it along). There are derogatory terms associated with bogs, such as bog-trotter, an eighteenth-century term of abuse for an Irish person. But words like these hardly seem like a source for bog-standard.

There is a common story that bog here is really an acronym from “British or German”, on the grounds that standards in manufacturing were set in Victorian times by British and German engineering. That’s hardly likely, but it’s an interesting example of the tendency among amateur word sleuths to explain any puzzling word as an acronym.

The only other suggestion I’ve seen for the origin of the term is that it’s a corruption or variant form of box-standard, for something that is just the way it comes out of the box, with no customisation or improvements. There’s a big problem with this, in that there’s almost no written evidence for anybody using box-standard in this way.

Maanvi Jois
Answer # 3 #

British Slang. a lavatory; bathroom.

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