not WOTY yet

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 17 18:07:33 UTC 2011

Much of the News International scandal reporting mentions "blagging". This
includes not only stories about the illegal activities of the Murdoch media
empire, but also The Sun response to Gordon Brown "blagging" about The Sun
obtaining his son's medical information (they claim Brown's wife gave them
the info). Both meanings (obtaining something through deception and
convincing someone disingenuously) appear in the OED under "blag", but are
purely British. When "blag" and "blagging" shows up in US reporting on the
scandal, it causes some head-scratching.


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