not WOTY yet

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 17 18:13:40 UTC 2011

One other thing about "blag"--there are three separate entries under blag:
n.1, n.2, v.2. There is a derivative verb under n.1, but no separate entry
for v.1. Also, n.2 is clearly related to v.2, but the etymology note on v.2
points to n.1. Blague is listed as both n. and v.


On Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

> 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.
> VS-)

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