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'Bog Standard'

Posted by Cliff on January 14, 2004

This expression may derive from commerce as a very recent corruption adopted by journalists of 'bulk standard', rather than being a corruption of 'box standard' (meaning the standard of an item newly purchased and taken out of its box).

The commercial meaning was that goods purchased in bulk should by law correspond with the standard specified in the contract or with the agreed standard in a previously agreed sample or description ie. be of 'bulk standard' namely that the bulk would correspond with the agreed contract description or sample.