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Bog standard

Posted by ESC on June 29, 2000

In Reply to: Bog standard posted by Adrian Hawksley on June 28, 2000

: This phrase derives from 'British or German' made, to indicate the excellence of the product, especially engineering and dates back to Edwardian times. Contrary to popular belief, it does not imply ordinary, but reliable.

Interesting. I've never heard that phrase. Is it British, U.S. or other?