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Boy George referred to his mother " working her bollocks off " at home. In Ireland, "bollocks" , "ballocks" or "bollox" can be used as a singular noun to mean a despicable or notorious person, for instance: The phrase "bollocksed up" means to be in a botched, bungled, confused or disarrayed state; e. The box was called "pied". A usage with a positive albeit still vulgar sense is "the dog's bollocks".
It was a commanding speech: Although this is a recent term the Online Etymology Dictionary dates it to   , its origins are obscure. Etymologist Eric Partridge and the Oxford English Dictionary believe the term comes from the now obsolete typographical sequence of a colon and a dash.
Thus, it is a very early example of an emoticon. The Oxford English Dictionary says the following mark ": This phrase has found its way into popular culture in a number of ways. There is a beer brewed in England by the Wychwood Brewery called the "Dog's Bollocks" ,  as well as a lager cocktail. The phrase "chuffed to one's bollocks" describes someone who is very pleased with themselves. Nobel laureate Harold Pinter used this in The Homecoming  The phrase provided a serious challenge to translators of his work.
The letter ends by saying "Oh, by the way, meant to mention, forgot to tell you, we were all chuffed to the bollocks when Labour won the election. The rhyming slang for bollocks is " Jackson Pollocks ".
Pile o' Jacksons if you ask me! Sandra Bullocks is occasionally used to approximate rhyming slang; it does not quite rhyme, but preserves meter and rhythm. The Beautiful South bowdlerised their original line " sweaty bollocks " as " Sandra Bullocks ", as one of several changes to make their song "Don't Marry Her" acceptable for mainstream radio play.
The term "Horlicks" was brought to prominence in July , when then- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw used it to describe irregularities in the preparation and provenance of the " dodgy dossier " regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Straw used the expression "a complete Horlicks ",  instead of the more impolite "make a complete bollocks of something". This euphemism stems from an advertising campaign for the Horlicks malt drink, where people were seen to be shouting "Horlicks!
Eric Morecambe was also known to cough "Horlicks! Rollocking is sometimes used as a euphemism for "bollocking". The Concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and unconventional English quotes "bollards" as meaning "testicles" and that it is a play on the word bollocks.
The play Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery , published in and ascribed to John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester , includes a character named Bolloxinion, King of Sodom along with other characters with names such as General Buggeranthos and the maid of honour, Fuckadilla.
The word bollox appears several times in the text, such as:. Had all mankind, whose pintles I adore, With well fill'd bollox swiv'd me o'er and o'er. None could in nature have oblig'd me more. In , the publisher Benjamin Crayle was fined 20 pounds and sent to prison for his part in publishing the play.
But now my spirit is broken and my tricks are gone from me, so alas! Perhaps the best-known use of the term is in the title of the punk rock album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Testimony in a resulting prosecution over the term demonstrated that in Old English , the word referred to a priest, and could also be used to mean "nonsense".
What sort of country are we living in if a politician comes to Nottingham and speaks here to a group of people in the city centre and during his speech a heckler replies "bollocks". Are we to expect this person to be incarcerated, or do we live in a country where we are proud of our Anglo-Saxon language?
Do we wish our language to be virile and strong or watered down and weak? This took place on 29 June at the Royal Norfolk Show; the police issued the penalty notice, quoting Section 5 of the Public Order Act which refers to language "deemed to cause harassment, alarm or distress".
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The language of journalism: Profanity, obscenity and the media , Aldine Transaction, Retrieved 19 March I conduct soft skills training and outbound training for Corporates and individuals. To enhance creativity we motivate the participants to approach the problems from variety of vantage points. Even repeatedly checking the boundary conditions we are able to come up with variety of ways of solving the problem. This is akin to checking the walls of the box. Looking inside the box for additional information , additional resources also helps.
Looking at the box from bird's eye view triggers some different creative solutions. Let us not get tied down to the mechanics but free ourselves to find the solution. I will give an example. You are playing football with family and friends at a distant ground and someone gets bruised badly. No first aid kit is available. Your priority is to get the person to a hospital at a distance of 2 hours. The wound is bleeding and needs to be kept clean and bacteria free till the person reaches the hospital.
What will you do? Think of a solution. It is quite close to you. With all due respect, Professor Boyd, your argument is not at all compelling. It seems that you are taking the "thinking outside the box" TOTB metaphor much more literally than it is intended or, at least, as I and may others infer.
To refer to TOTB as "dangerous" is naive, at best. I, personally, have seen the positive, tranformative effects of not only the 9-dots exercise, but also the occasional use of the term to remind individuals after-the-fact about the value of thinking differently. The experiment you refer to doesn't even come close to proving what you suggest that it does.
To use the term "proving" in an argument like this is laughable. In real life, you absolutely WILL find boxes Here, the term is not literal; rather, it refers to a mindset, a perspective, a belief, or an assumption.
It is precisely how the human mind works. We all think in boxes all the time. The "sin," if you will, is not in thinking inside of a box A different -- and very healthy, positive, and productive -- way to think about TOTB is to understand that it merely represents an insight that can remind an individual to consciously become aware of limiting assumptions. And, upon such awareness, to open ones mind and imagination to actively explore new possibilities beyond the obvious or initial answer.
If you don't regard this as valid contribution to creativity, then I suggest you consider spending a bit more time outside of that "box" that you've presented here. I couldn't have said it any better TOTB is a beautiful skill to have.
We are born into multiple boxes that are created upon social agreements e. Saying that TOTB is a negative thing is a very conservative statement and someone who has such a belief is scared of change, scared of diversity and scared of anything that is abstract and out of order.
I think much of which is vaguely labeled "creative thinking" is actually the result of healthy skepticism. We should make a habit of challenging conventional wisdom and the way things have always been done.
On encountering the conventional approach, our attitude should be doubtful: Fold the paper so all the dots ovelap. Use four lines to connect four dots. Hold the folded paper up to the light For that matter, you could fold the paper until all the dots overlapped and you would not need to waste any pencil lead; Thinking outside The Box. Use a very wide pencil lead or charcoal block for that matter, connect all the dots in one fell swoop; Thinking outside The Box.
Forego a pencil altogether and use a bucket of paint to create a huge blot over all the dots; Thinking outside The Box. Question the dots and why they need to be connected in the first place; Thinking outside The Box.
Erase the dots; they are a distraction to Thinking outside The Box. Create your own dots and lines in any fashion you desire; Thinking outside The Box. I play chess with my pc, an beat it all the time, and the reasoning is I do not think logically, like the pc does.
Also when you go the a school that teaches how to think about something, that is all you know how to do. I have had engineers come to my deck, hand me a set of blueprints, because that was the way they were taught. They are never taught to look at it, in there mind to see it working.
What I do is show them how wrong they are, an ask them what tool in the world can cut a square hole inside the middle of two long tubes. If was going to tell you about an airplane the TR-3B, it travels a little bit under light speed, an it uses nuclear fusion, which turns into plasma an powers the craft, that was built outside the box.
You my brother, do not have the inkling of understanding to think outside the box. Japanese traders have found that candlesticks form interesting patterns in the seeming market chaos.
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