Bollocks!: Profanity In A Nutshell

August 8, 2007

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I have learnt many things in my first 5 months blogging. There are some decent people out there, some nasty people out there, some opinionated people out there and some complete lunatics out there. But we all have the need to be heard in common. Differences can be seen in many aspects of what we all do and one in particular got me thinking about my favourite word BOLLOCKS!

I used the word in a comment on a particular blog, a very talented American talking about many different subjects didn’t know what it meant. So I sent him an explanation and he has assured me it will become part of his vocabulary. Global learning, evolution of language via the internet, love it.

So, why is bollocks my favourite word? I think it stems from the fact that most of the four letter swear words are now so common place in the media,  even the “C” word no longer shocks the way it did. So I need a word that covers all, that has impact and still gets a reaction but you have to say it right. When said correctly and in the right context there really is nothing else to be said.

This is the explanation I sent my American blogger.

“Bollocks” is an English slang term for testicles! Can be used as an exclamation i.e. “My team just lost, bollocks!” Can be used derisively i.e. “That environmentalist talks a load of bollocks” It is a word for all seasons and the more you emphasise the “boll” the more offensive it sounds. “All that fuss about David Beckham is a load of “BOLLocks”. Typically for us limeys there is an English term “The dogs bollocks” which is used as a complimentary term i.e. “Your blog is the dogs bollocks.” Seriously that is a compliment and I’m not talking bollocks

So there you have it my favourite word “BOLLOCKS”, what’s yours? Please let me know and maybe I’ll learn something new too.

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3 Responses to “Bollocks!: Profanity In A Nutshell”

  1. micky2 Says:

    Hey daveross, how you doing ?

    Just recently I was reading a comment over at the Antisocialist.
    He was on the subject of enviromentalism.
    He called enviromentalism the “OFFSHOOT BITCH” of communism.The placement and timing of the execution of this word got my attention like a kick in the bollocks. It took just one word to drive his point straight home.
    That phrase made my day, as did bollocks.

  2. Kris Says:

    Hi daveross, you’re doing fine, we’re on the same page when it comes to opinion about all the bollocks goin’ on, and why I found your blog. N1 (nice one) although I’m not english, thus limited in writing, I can’t find the time, just a speedwriter and probably make little sense, but it’s great therapy all the same and perhaps some bit will find it’s way out there and join what I hope may be an amassing opinion that might count for changes as well.

    ‘crap’ is one of my favs, ‘bollocks’ is definitely one I shall try to use more often.. feel free to use ‘crap’,

    Cheers, Kris

  3. Melissa Says:

    The term “Bollocks” has been used in England for decades! I often hear it on BBC comedies “Bollocks to the lo’ ov yers”, some BBC dramas and a Sex Pistols album. 😉
    It means “nonsense/rubbish, testicles or to bungle/stuff something up.” Also written sometimes as “Bollicks” – but i’m sure you knew that already.
    As an Australian, I have heard many slang profanities out of our own and New Zealander mouths – most of which have derived from the UK.
    I have to say though, I am saddened by the latest craze of only using the “F” word in EVERYTHING (due to, like you say, the many forms of and over use in media), or only using American slang, ‘cos it makes you look better (some how). I feel, we – those who are using the English language – are slipping and letting many words slide and decay, or form into something appauling, foul and completely and utterly dismal and deformed (the words i am looking for aren’t coming to me at the moment! I must be tired, my apologies).
    Well, bollocks to ’em all! Peace.


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