Bobbing for designated drivers

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sun Dec 17 14:13:52 UTC 2006


You haven't beeen following the list. If "Flamish" is not the
language of gay extroverts, it should be.


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>Subject:      Bobbing for designated drivers
>Here's an interesting explanation from the Honyaku list of the word
>"bob" for designated driver. (Flamish doubtlessly meaning Flemish.)
>Also see:
>Benjamin Barrett
>-------- Original Message --------
>It is equivalent to "Bob" which is used in some parts
>of Europe.
>This word was invented by the Flamish. It's short for Bewust
>Onbeschonken Bestuurder (Consciously Sober Driver).
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