[Ads-l] Bog standard

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 19 18:48:06 EST 2017

Another blogger, who himself is English, offered a different acronym


Bog in the original instance, was an acronym for 'British [ordinance]
guaranteed' and was a military term applied to ammo tested and made by the
Army's ordinance wor l.p.ks. Which was usually a standardised round with
nothing fancy and if you wanted anything different, you had to buy untested
third party, i.e not BoG standard. [I believe it was originally applied to
musket balls.]



On Feb 19, 2017 2:29 PM, "Mark Mandel" <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks. Still puzzled, but at least I know I'm not alone.
> On Feb 19, 2017 1:40 PM, "Michael Quinion" <michael.quinion at worldwideword
> s.org> wrote:
> > Used by a blogger I follow who, when queried, explained thus:
> >
> > It's a slang term I picked up from my extended family, of British origin
> > (and sometimes spelled bog-standard or even bogstandard). It means
> utterly
> > ordinary, unremarkable, and unexceptional.
> For more see http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bog1.htm
> --
> Michael Quinion
> michael.quinion at worldwidewords.org
> http://www.worldwidewords.org

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