2008-04-16 09:10 am (UTC)
the idiot american asks...
What's a boffin?
2008-04-16 09:33 am (UTC)
Re: the idiot american asks...
Boffin is slang for scientist- a bit old fashioned, but still in use.
He definitely meant it in a racist way- and not about cockroaches or something?
I watched 'This is England' last night. Did you see that yet? Great movie- a hard watch, but very good. All about racism.
No doubt about it- he was talking about immigration.
I haven't seen This England- that's the Shane Meadows movie about skinheads, right?
I've never heard "boffin" before. I see the definition in your comments but it sure is an odd word.
"Invaded". Being an immigrant myself, albeit a privileged one, comments like that still hit a bit too close to home.
Britain is a nation of immigrants. Most of us have ancestors who came in from overseas in the past two or three hundred years.
Nothing more to say - racists are jerks.
What gets me is how they assume you're going to agree with them. If I had dodgy views on this that or the other I'd keep them to myself.
I would have thought he meant aliens from outer space.
What is a boffin?
I'm afraid he meant people from the Indian sub-continent.
Boffin is slang for scientist. The word is old-fashioned but
far from obsolete.
Good for Aliz!
We have a lot of that nonsense going on in my neighborhood as well. A neighbor from around the corner has started trying to get the corner store across the street from my house shut down. I cannot see any reason other than it is run by Muslims. It is putting me in an interesting position, since the guy around the corner is gay (as, of course, am I). But, this is ridiculous, since I have a much better relationship with the guys at the store than I do with that old busy-body drunkard around the corner.
Who in their right mind wants to close down a corner shop? Corner shops are invaluable. What excuse is he using?
I'm intrigued by the icon. Western heroes/badmen, right? I'm thinking that's Wyatt Earp in the centre with Billy the Kid looking over his left shoulder. Are those the James boys to his right? As for the military man I'm going for Bloody Bill Anderson. What's my score out of 5?
Like... what happened when the Brits decided to invade India...? at least we did a proper invasion, with soldiers and all. The immigrants who then came over here were not really trying hard enough.
Wonder what he says to them when he goes to fix their boilers?
He was saying he does a lot of jobs for "those people" and some of them are "all right".
I like Ailz's answer. I plan to use it myself next time the immigration issue comes up, after revising it to fit the profile of our own Hispanic "invasion", LOL! I get on very well with the neighbors, since there are no arguments with people who do not yet speak the same language. Or something like that. Actually, I find the Hispanic woman very warm and loving neighbors, and generous to a fault. We swap words -- I give them an English word, they give me a Spanish one.
Same thing with the Chinese contingent that live in my elderly building. No language in common, but genuine affection - and word-swapping.
Our neighbours are mostly from Pakistan.
It was the Pakistani chap from three doors down who put us in touch with Warmfront- the government agency that gave us the grant to have the boiler replaced.
Ailz is too cool for words!