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xxxsergey
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Jan 25, 2006

go www.oed.com, then click on 'bbc balderdash and piffle' to bypass having to enter 'name' and 'password'.

enjoy!

ps
oed - OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY for the uninitiated

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Joanna Borowska  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot, Sergey! Jan 25, 2006



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xxxsergey
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oh, initially Jan 25, 2006

the title was 'oed - free till 1 feb' as you all might have expected, but now, that it has been edited, my entry looks really silly with 'oxford english dictionary' mentioned twice - not only in the title, but also written with capital letters ...
lovely ...


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Timothy Barton
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Balderdash and piffle Jan 25, 2006

Looked like a great show. I got to see the first episode when I was at my parents' over Christmas, but I'm now away from the UK, so I haven't seen any more of it.

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xxxsergey
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yes, it's quite good ... Jan 25, 2006

Timothy Barton wrote:

Looked like a great show. I got to see the first episode when I was at my parents' over Christmas, but I'm now away from the UK, so I haven't seen any more of it.


i've missed the first 2 or 3 episodes.
was it 'invasion' that i watched instead? which looked quite promising at first? and disappointing the more i watched it afterwards? can't remember now.

i liked the informality of the 'balderdash and piffle' programme on bbc2. apparently, anyone can approach 'oxford english dictionary' and challenge any of its entries, providing there is printed proof of a word's etymology, usage, meaning etc., which i thought was great.

that's the way any dictionary should be - in constant flux of change and improvement. after all, any dictionary is only an attempt to take a 'snapshot' (registering it on paper or electronic media) of a language at a particular time of its existence. a snapshot that is always incomplete.


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