Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Balderdash & Piffle

Balderdash & Piffle
Balderdash & Piffle, a BBC2 TV series about the etymologies of unusual words from the Oxford English Dictionary, accompanied by appeals for evidence of antedating, was broadcast in January. Although the whole series was quirky and interesting, most fascinating for me was Germaine Greer's exploration of one word in particular (The C-Words, 30th January), in which she unfortunately reversed her earlier calls for the word to be normalised.

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