''Bog - standard.''
In plain American English can you explain what “bog standard” means? ☺
Don, one and All,
It was only last January ( believe or not ) that I first came accross the description, ''bog - standard,'' while negotiating an oil change for my new BMW ( well, fifteen years old ). My friend, the car mechanic and guitar player, assured me that bog - standard engine oil would be quite OK.....and he should know because his brother, the garage owner, had a similar BMW years back.
Now, looking at my Collin's dictionary ( 1992 ) it states
''Bog - standard , adjective. British and Irish slang = completely ordinary; run of the mill.''
But that really ain't the end of it , because, why ''Bog ?''
Further back in Collins:-
''Bog''.( 3 ) A slang word for lavatory ( 13 C from Gaelic, ''bogach''swamp, from ''bog'', soft ) .
Bog - standard print paper should not be confused with, ''bog roll '' which has quite a different use in photography, that of cleaning black sticky ink from the fingers when coating.
Strange, the links with mineral oil and laxatives which were mentioned in connection with making paper translucent.
See you later.
John - Photographist - London - UK
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Subject: RE: ''Oh Baby ! Paraffinum Liquidum. ( Mineral Oil ) says the bottle.
The printer paper I have treated is the ''bog standard'' type, probably no more than
In plain American English can you explain what “bog standard” means? ☺ Don Bryant