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  • Hello everyone. This is The English

  • We Speak with me, Feifei...

  • ... and me, Rob. Hey, Feifei, do you

  • need me to order you a pizza?

  • Why would I want you to order me a pizza

  • when we are presenting a programme?

  • Go on! Just say 'pizza' and my new

  • smartphone will instantly

  • order one for you.

  • Oh, I see. I know you've got a new and

  • very expensive smartphone,

  • Rob, but I'm quite happy

  • using my bog-standard dumbphone.

  • 'Bog-standard'! You mean it's basic,

  • ordinary and unexceptional?

  • I do, Rob. It's a strange expression

  • and nobody really knows its origins.

  • Well, I think it's got something to do with

  • the English slang for toilet - bog - which

  • is where your 'old' phone should be!

  • Thanks, Rob. Shall we hear some

  • 'bog-standard' examples now?

  • I've got a bog-standard computer, but it's

  • fine for just sending emails

  • and surfing the

  • internet.

  • Sorry you got a low mark in your

  • homework, but to be honest,

  • it was bog-standard.

  • I found the new film bog-standard - it

  • lacked the action and

  • special effects I was expecting.

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC

  • Learning English, and we're

  • learning about the phrase

  • 'bog-standard', which describes

  • things that are basic, ordinary

  • and unexceptional.

  • Yes, like your basic mobile phone.

  • Oh, is that a message on your

  • new shiny, very expensive, smartphone?

  • Yes, yes, it is. It's my first bill for my

  • new phone.... Let's have a look.

  • What?! How

  • much! Oh!

  • Oh dear, Rob. It's not such a new shiny

  • phone now, is it?

  • Oh no, how are we going to order

  • a pizza now?

  • On my 'bog-standard' phone? Here, just

  • press the numbers and you

  • can actually talk to someone.

  • No, I'm not hungry now.

  • Bye!

  • Bye!

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What does 'bog-standard' mean? - The English We Speak

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/03
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