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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 25 November 2020 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Anyone interested in the origins of English words and phrases might enjoy this BBC series from 2006: Balderdash and Piffle. Each episode should link to the next (14 in total).
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Couldn't get past her totally gratuitous potshot at THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
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Plonker used to be big in the eighties.

Gordon Bennett was big in the seventies.

When either are used now, it's as much to evoke a sense of nostalgia as to poke fun at someone.
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Gordon Bennett was still going strong in the 80s when I was at school. Not so much by the latter part of the decade though.
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@Peter:

Maybe it's more an English thing. I never really heard anyone here in Scotland use it. 

And the only time I hear it now is when Graeme Garden says it on I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue.
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