to a report we have just seen on the internet, the Oxford
English Dictionary is asking the British public to help
them find examples of the first usage of around 40 naughty
English terms including 'Tosser', 'Prat', 'Wassock' and
are also trying to find out if anyone went 'dogging' before
1993 (dogging is when people have sex outside in a car and
other people watch).
questions being asked include:
1989 the first time anyone used the term 'the dogs bollocks'?
it possible that a couple somewhere coined the phrase
'domestic' for their loud arguments?
anyone 'go bananas' before 1968?
was a 'plonker' before 1966?
you ever say someone was a 'duh brain' before 1997?
was the first 'loo'? The phrase seems to go back to only
decided that the name 'Gordon Bennet' is a mild expletive
full list is here.
you can help them, their web address is http://www.bbc.co.uk/balderdash.