Dog’s Bollocks

I’m sorry. This isn’t my usual bon mot. We were sitting in the car in a parking lot downtown, waiting for the bus from Chicago to arrive, bringing our daughter back from spring break. She was on an Alternative Break trip, learning about and volunteering at Chicago 826 with 5 other KU students. That’s a shameless plug, but if you’re here, you appreciate reading and writing and would be inspired by the work at that non-profit writing center. Anywayyyy, while my husband and I wait for the bus, we discuss the difference between saying bollocks and dog’s bollocks. Apparently, according to my husband (who’s English), bollocks is bad and dog’s bollocks is good. Huh? While I trust my husband, I needed backup. He supported his statement with a quick web search. The infamous Wikipedia tells us dog’s bollocks, “refer to something which is admired, approved of or well-respected”. Whereas, simply bollocks, is a noun meaning “nonsense”. If you’re not a fan of Wikipedia, I offer up the UK Phrases site,  which supports this, by telling us that to be the dog’s bollocks is to be “the absolute apex.” Well, there you go. Go forth and share the knowledge.

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4 thoughts on “Dog’s Bollocks

  1. Hey Sue, take it from me, “dogs bollocks” or as we would say in Ireland “dogs bollicks” refers to the mess someone made of something/task. “Ya made a complete dogs bollicks of it!”….sometimes followed by a description of the “offender” as being a “total gobshite”!!!!

    • Fascinating! So, the English and Irish usage of this term is quite different. My husband uses the phrase, “dog’s dinner” in the way you use dog’s bollicks.

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