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Lanod
29865.  Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:13 am Reply with quote

I was watching QI over the weekend and a very interesting explanation was proffered for the origin of the phrase 'the dog's bollox' - I just can't remember what it was - can anyone help?

 
Flash
29867.  Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:36 am Reply with quote

This page gives an accurate account of what we said and then says we were talking nonsense.

There's balance for you.

 
Lanod
29868.  Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:43 am Reply with quote

Damn - it all sounded so plausible. I think I shall choose to believe it anyway, tell a few people and after a while it shall become true.

 
Lanod
29871.  Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:53 am Reply with quote

Interestingly enough google returns 62,000 items for "box deluxe", which includes plenty of examples of things being sold as 'box deluxe'.

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22box+deluxe%22&hl=en&sourceid=gd

 
JumpingJack
29940.  Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Quite right, Lanod.

Flash's link is just one person's opinion based on a cursory Google.

I did the same myself the other evening. The names on the Meccano sets is quite a telling point.

But we put the piece in as a bit of fun, really it's clever and amusing and plausible it wasn't really meant to be taken as a definite FACT, as I think Stephen made clear in the way he said it.

And the main thing is, nobody (least of all the bloke in the link) has yet come up with a better explanation.

 
ficklefiend
30336.  Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:34 pm Reply with quote

There's just something satisfying about saying box deluxe when you are thinking dog's bollocks.

 
JumpingJack
30368.  Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:42 pm Reply with quote

Quite agree, ff.

 
Jenny
30421.  Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:23 am Reply with quote

I always thought the 'the bees knees' came from an amusing way of saying 'the business'.

 
dr.bob
30429.  Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:30 am Reply with quote

What about "the badgers nadgers"?

Or is that just a Bill Bailey-ism? :)

 
Nileus
31604.  Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:38 am Reply with quote

I always use the term "The Mutt's Nuts".

Works in all situations and causes least offence......mostly.

 
gerontius grumpus
36886.  Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:36 am Reply with quote

There used to be a trout fly (well, I say fly, it was a fly, more of a fluffy lure really) which gave rise to the pretty dog which was a dog nobbler with a pair of bead chain eyes at the head end.

I tried tying one with the eyes at the other end and called it the dogs bollox.


This looks a bit like the kind of comment that Mr Kumar at No.42 would post, doen't it?

 
djgordy
36939.  Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:58 pm Reply with quote

I understood that the term came about because dogs spend so much time licking themselves there that it is thought that their bollox must be the best tasting thing in the world.

 

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