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Jeremy Smith  Identity Verified
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Jan 2, 2006

Anglophones and lovers of the English language may be interested in a new BBC TV series starting tonight on BBC 2: Balderdash and Piffle. It aims to track down the origins of curious words and phrases in the language. If you can't get BBC TV, never fear, the website is as excellent as you would expect from the Beeb: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/wordhunt/

- with loads of interactive content and appeals for people to send in evidence of the first usage of certain phrases.


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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
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I'm looking forward to this Jan 2, 2006

And today has been a good day so far for languages on the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/starttheweek

features David Crystal talking about the decline of languages.
Bring on the balderdash.


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xxxUSER00230
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balderdash Jan 2, 2006

thanks for the post Jeremy. useful to know.

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Phwoar!! Jan 3, 2006

Thanks, Jeremy. I am getting a friend to record this for me and will catch up on the episodes when I go back to the UK next month!

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