LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/NOV/2005 4:19 PM|
The name sounds familiar. Didn't he write a book about the origin of certain expressions? The fellow I'm thinking of was on Jo Soares a couple years ago.
Jargon can be interesting. When I started working as a deputy probation officer years ago, I was surprised to see "O.D." written after the name of a co-worker. Could he have "over dosed", used too much of a controlled substance (drug)? No, it merely meant that he was "officer of the day", someone responsible for emergencies related to officers not in the office that morning or afternoon. And I kept hearing about "doublebarrels". Why were people constantly talking about shotguns? No, they merely meant that a defendant had been convicted in a new case and the conviction and the violation of probation were going to be handled in the same report and in front of the same judge.
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