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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A heretic Christian bugger

The word "bugger" has an interesting etymology. Per the Oxford English Dictionary;
a. F. bougre:L. Bulgarus Bulgarian, a name given to a sect of heretics who came from Bulgaria in the 11th c., afterwards to other ‘heretics’ (to whom abominable practices were ascribed), also to usurers.
Wikipedia has the more info on the root of the word bulgar from which bugger is derived. The OED mentions that Bogomil was:
A member of a heretical Bulgarian sect which arose in the 10th or 11th century, whose main tenet was that God the Father had two sons, Satan and Christ. Hence Bogomilian a. and n., Bogomilism, Bogomilist.
I'm glad the word India does not have such fanciful origins. That would've been bugger all.

2 Comments:

Blogger Patrix said...

considering that 'bugger' is one of my fave word to rant on someone (somehow is polite yet conveys anger), this was useful knowledge :)

2:04 PM  
Blogger Quizman said...

Patrix. :-)

8:38 AM  

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