Etymology of words surprise

Girl (4-6) picking nose, portrait

Take the word ‘bugger
bugger in England is somebody who does an unspeakable act of carnal knowledge
However the etymological root of the word is from the French Bougre
Say it out laud: Bougre
What a sound, don’t you think?

It’s from the French word for Bulgarian
But it was not the Bulgarians who where called Bougres,
but rather a Bulgarian sect called the Bogomiles
They where a Gnostic sect combining Arminianism (!)
and the teachings of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

You might also want to know that the name Bogomil
is made up of two words (Bog) God and (Mil) Dear
If one is called Bogomil, one is Dear to God
A far cry to the English meaning of the word Bugger

In America the word bugger, if combined with the word little,
translates to something like whippersnapper
This according to Wikipedia means: a young and cheeky or presumptuous person
While King George the V was not young when he died, he was cheeky
His last words where “Bugger Bognor

Bognor Regis is a bit of a dark hole of a seaside town on the south coast of England
King George the V did not want to go to Bognor as he did not believe he would be healed from his illness by going there

But it makes you wonder
if Bog, means God in Bulgarian, what does nor mean?
Regis means ‘of the King’

The Great Soviet Dictionary (1979) has an article written by Borisov about Bognor Regis
In it he mentions nothing of the word bugger

But it just occurred to me that if Bognor Regis is read as (pregnant silence) God nor of the King, it might well be Buggered

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3 Responses to Etymology of words surprise

  1. Pete Matthew says:

    Nicki and I debate the use of the word ‘bugger’. She discourages me from using it, but as a Cornishman, where it is used as a term of endearment, I think I should use it.

  2. slpmartin says:

    Found this quite a pleasant reading…thanks for sharing.

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