"boffin" invades America

Ronald Butters ronbutters at AOL.COM
Sat Aug 28 14:47:42 UTC 2010

I had never seen this word used in America. The Raleigh News and Observer used it in a story published today (about a proposed nonstop HJetBlue flight from the local airport, RDU, to Austin,  Texas): "...The Texas university town would likely be a destination for Triangle boffins, or scientific experts. ..."

M-W has:

bof·fin noun \ˈbä-fəən\
Definition of BOFFIN
chiefly British : a scientific expert; especially : one involved
in technological research
Examples of BOFFIN
Our boffins finally broke the enemy's code!
Origin of BOFFIN
origin unknown
First Known Use: 1945

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