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I remember, sometime back in the late 70s, a British comedian called Jasper Carrot stating that the Americans don't know what the old Anglo-Saxon word 'bollocks' means. He said that the whole of North America was blissfully unaware of the existence of the word.

According to him, after being asked its meaning by an American lady, he collapsed into laughter and informed her that it meant 'spots'. Apparently, he was with the unfortunate lady when she marched into Boots chemist, pointed to a large zit on her chin and asked for some cream to rub into her bollocks.

So, America, just out of interest, how familiar are you with 'bollocks'?
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I saw it in Harry Potter and threads about "chavs"...
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I know Homer Simpson said it once, so did Miles O'Brian in an episode of Deep Space 9.

If they got away with it on programmes like that, I'm guessing it doesn't mean much over there.
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"Bollocks" /ˈbɒləks/ is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning "testicles". The word is often used figuratively in British English and Hiberno-English, as a noun to mean "nonsense", an expletive following a minor accident or misfortune, or an adjective to mean "poor quality" or "useless". Similarly, the common phrases "Bollocks to this!" or "That's a load of old bollocks" generally indicate contempt for a certain task, subject or opinion. Conversely, the word also figures in idiomatic phrases such as "the dog's bollocks", "top bollock(s)", or more simply "the bollocks" (as opposed to just "bollocks"), which will refer to something which is admired, approved of or well-respected.


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Not sure if this thread is bollocks or the bollocks.
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That would be a matter of personal taste.

That's my point. I'm just not sure what I think of it yet.
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I never thought that this was even possible;

The story revolves around the Sex Pistols' 1977 album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols'. The manager of the Virgin record shop in Nottingham was charged under the Indecent Advertisements Act of 1889 after police spotted posters advertising the newly-released album in the shop window.

During the trial, Richard Branson called upon the Professor of Linguistics at the local university (a Professor Kingsley) to define the word 'bollocks'. Professor Kingsley explained that the word 'bollocks' was actually an eighteenth century nickname for priests. Because priests' sermons were typically a load of rubbish, the word 'bollocks' eventually became synonymous with 'rubbish'.

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I never thought that this was even possible;

The story revolves around the Sex Pistols' 1977 album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols'. The manager of the Virgin record shop in Nottingham was charged under the Indecent Advertisements Act of 1889 after police spotted posters advertising the newly-released album in the shop window.

During the trial, Richard Branson called upon the Professor of Linguistics at the local university (a Professor Kingsley) to define the word 'bollocks'. Professor Kingsley explained that the word 'bollocks' was actually an eighteenth century nickname for priests. Because priests' sermons were typically a load of rubbish, the word 'bollocks' eventually became synonymous with 'rubbish'.

from here. http://everything2.com/title/bollocks


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The usage of the word "bollocks" caused controversy when Tony Wright, a Leicestershire trader, was given an £80 fixed penalty fine by police for selling T-shirts bearing the slogan "Bollocks to Blair". This took place on 29 June 2006 at the Royal Norfolk Show; the police issued the penalty notice, quoting Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 which refers to language "deemed to cause harassment, alarm or distress". Although Wright would most likely win a legal case against the fine, it is not known whether he considered challenging it or not.

Commentators have made comparisons with the Sex Pistols case, pointing to some of the statements made by John Mortimer QC: "What sort of country are we living in if a politician comes to Nottingham and speaks here to a group of people in the city centre and, during his speech, a heckler replies "bollocks". Are we to expect this person to be incarcerated, or do we live in a country where we are proud of our Anglo-Saxon language?".
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Well, being Scottish I'm rather partial to bollocks.


Well that came out wrong, or did it?... >_>
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I heard it when I was 12 because of the Sex Pistols' album. Looked up the word in a dictionary after that. Laughed at one of the definitions.
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Well, being Scottish I'm rather partial to bollocks.


Well that came out wrong, or did it?... >_>


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#17
I know what it means. And not just because I read this thread. I watch enough BBC and other such shit that I learned what it meant eventually through context.
#18
In the 70s Americans likely did not know what it means, but things change. Nice trick there, dupe a stranger with a word they won't know. Ahahaha lame
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Have the Americans not heard of The Sex Pistols?
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So, America, just out of interest, how familiar are you with 'bollocks'?
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#24
I'm gonna assume it more than one meaning, because I've heard it used a couple different ways:

1. That's a load of bollocks.
2. I'll knock the bollocks out of you.

So, from my experience, it means bullshit or fuck.
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#27
I have always known what it means but there's that term "to give someone a bollocking"...

So when your parents are giving you a bollocking for doing something wrong, there's testicles involved?
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I have always known what it means but there's that term "to give someone a bollocking"...

So when your parents are giving you a bollocking for doing something wrong, there's testicles involved?

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#30
We all know it, but only really say it when we're imitating an English accent or something like that.
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I have always known what it means but there's that term "to give someone a bollocking"...

So when your parents are giving you a bollocking for doing something wrong, there's testicles involved?


There's about as much testicles involved in 'giving someone a bollocking' as there is in 'making a bollocks' of something or 'bollocking something up'... which both mean that same thing and, interestingly, could actualy cause someone to 'recieve a bollocking'.

Of course, 'having a bollocking good time' is something that's completely different to giving or recieving a bollocking.
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Americans have no knowledge of the bollocks.

As far as I've always known, bollocks have been in reference to testicles, or being told off, I.E. some of the examples posted above.
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Well, being Scottish I'm rather partial to bollocks.


Well that came out wrong, or did it?... >_>



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