Winston Churchill, KBO

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 16 19:14:26 UTC 2010

In OED? Not hardly.

1941 in _ Kenneth Young, ed. _The Diaries of Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart_ II
107 (N.Y.: Macmillan, 1973) [Google Books]: KBO...Winston: 'Keep buggering
on, of course.' HG (quick as lightning) : 'Ah, yes, Mr
Prime Minister, but you can't go on fighting rearguard actions all the

1984 Piers Brendon _Winston Churchill: A Biography_ (N.Y.: Harper): All that
[Churchill] could do was, in the words of his oft-repeated motto, to KBO -
"Keep Buggering On" - and Churchill himself embaked on the battleship _Duke
of York_.

2008 John Lukacs _Blood, Toil, Tears & Sweat_ (N.Y.: Basic  Books) 136: Two
days later [Dec. 9, 1941] he said that what the British must do is KBO, Keep
Buggering On.

Numerous other exx., all associated with Churchill in WWII.

Have never encountered this use of "buggering" before (surely it isn't
a mere expletive).


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