Fear not gentle reader, TSB has not succumbed to the deviant pleasures (if they so exist) in arse-rogering.
I'm using the word Bugger in it's true Antipodean usage, meaning something like:
"Oh goodness gracious me, all is not going well"
Here are some other examples to illustrate the usage down here in NZ and Aussie.
Hit thumb with hammer; "Bugger!"
Ask a stranger to leave your premises; "Bugger off!"
Feeling a trifle tired (like after 80 minutes playing for the All Blacks (see sport or religion)); "I'm buggered"
Telling someone (normally a boss) that they lack the requisite knowledge; "You know bugger all!"
You've been hit with a force 9 earthquake, your stock have got foot & mouth, your wife's left you for a civil servant, your unmarried daughter's just told you she's pregnant(again) and your son has just arrived with the police, who are enquiring what all those funny plants are doing growing in the back paddock under the camouflage netting; "It's a bit of a bugger"
Now you may be asking yourself why TSB is using the word at all, as everyone knows what a mild mannered bloke with an idyllic life I am.
|Mild Mannered (Do you remember who I am ? (Hint: Check the image name)|
It's because I have to go to Teacher's Only Day at Nuova Lazio High School tomorrow.
I have to go back to work. *sob*
It's not fair, I've only been off work since the 9th of December, but those bastards actually want us to resume our tortured existence after only 7 weeks. What do they want next?
|7 weeks old. It's not much is it?|
Our souls? (Well actually if the want my soul, they can have it. Any reasonable offer accepted, as I don't really believe I have one anyway)
The worst thing is that Ringo will have a lot to say about the upcoming term's work. He actually speaks quite well, but it's the educationalese he sprinkles throughout his speech that makes me feel sick. I swear that if he uses pedagogy more than 3 times, I'll go bloody postal, and you'll all be able to read about it in the news.
But back to the title.
I was quite surprised when I arrived down here in sunny NZ, a paradisaical jewel lying in the South Pacific, and found out that the word "bugger" was acceptable at all levels of society. They even use it in the news for goodness sake. John Campbell even used it when interviewing the Prime Minister.
The usage seemingly goes back a long way, but there was a famous advert in the late 90s that used the word repeatedly in a humorous manner, and while it polarised some segments of NZ society, the overwhelming number who deemed it acceptable paved the way for a more general usage in everyday life.
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So just to make sure you all get the message,