Boffin

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  1. How the beast was bottled, or what is a boffin? « Boffineering:

    [...] you might prefer this charming explanation by the wonderful Word Detective: In popular usage, “boffin” carries a connotation of grudging admiration for a group who, [...]

  2. How the beast was bottled, or what is a boffin? | Boffineering:

    [...] you might prefer this charming explanation by the wonderful Word Detective: In popular usage, “boffin” carries a connotation of grudging admiration for a group who, [...]

  3. Kris:

    I had to laugh at this one. Before I discovered the interesting programs on BBC America (as opposed to the drivel on US tv), I’d never heard the term “boffin”. Taken in context, it seemed to mean (generally) an upper-level genius from any assortment of professions. In American slang, it sounds like some sort of insult. :)

  4. What Did the Boffin Say? | On Words and Wit:

    [...] fellow word sleuth over at The Word Detective tackled the mysterious etymology of “boffin.” Apparently, etymologists have been [...]

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