[ExI] subject line discipline is being bugger obseved

spike spike66 at att.net
Sat Aug 30 20:13:23 UTC 2008


>...On Behalf Of Damien Broderick
> Subject: Re: [ExI] Vinge finally cracks the NYT
> This current offspring of the thread is very interesting but 
> has bugger-all to do with Vinge...How about changing the subject line?

A mysterious Australianism is this term "bugger-all."  From the context it
appears to mean "nothing" which is the polar opposite of "all."  Conclusion:
the term "bugger" must mean "exact opposite" so that bugger-all is
synonymous with the terms "nothing" or "zero."  In that spirit, were
Australia to launch a rocket, the countdown might go "...three, two, one,
bugger-all."  If a nuclear bomb exploded above some Australian city, then
the point on the surface directly below the explosion would then be called
"ground bugger-all."


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