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about the title of a book on education and behaviour?

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Nothavingfunrightnow Sat 03-Jan-15 16:04:30

I am reading a book on behaviour in the classroom and the title of the book has the word "bugger" in it.

As far as I know, bugger means to rape someone anally - or at the very least, have anal intercourse.

So AIBU in thinking that the name of this book - which is a popular academic one - is quite horrible?

Why not call it "Getting the fuckers to behave"? It amounts to much the same thing!

blueemerald Sat 03-Jan-15 16:07:14

...really? OED

It's a great book, I'd recommend getting past it.

Roseformeplease Sat 03-Jan-15 16:07:52

Probably not the best but a bugger is a nuisance, a silly child. A buggerer is one who buggers. The verb for a bugger (with me so far) is to bug, not to bugger.


dustyovaries Sat 03-Jan-15 16:09:52

I would have called it Getting The Fuckers to Behave. Little fuckers.

Nothavingfunrightnow Sat 03-Jan-15 16:11:13

Ah okay - so a bugger as in one who bugs as opposed to a buggerer as in one who buggers.


I will feel better using the book now, and will see it in a different light.

Still. I do think that the fuckers should learn to behave!

CallMeExhausted Sat 03-Jan-15 16:12:41

How about a vote for "Little Shits"? grin

hoobypickypicky Sat 03-Jan-15 16:16:13

I really can't get worked up about this.

Language evolves constantly but even in my youth I don't recall 'You bugger, you ate my favourite chocolate!' to mean that an anal rapist or participant in anal sex ate the complainant's preferred piece of confection.

"Why not call it "Getting the fuckers to behave"? It amounts to much the same thing!"

Why not indeed? In years to come, as language evolves, someone might.

Flossyfloof Sat 03-Jan-15 16:47:15

Hahaha I bet you go down well in the staff room. Happy New Year.

Nothavingfunrightnow Sat 03-Jan-15 17:00:15

I do, Flossyfloof! I do!

noblegiraffe Sat 03-Jan-15 17:16:16

Is that the one that recommends eating 'dog food' out of a can to get the kids' attention? I was a bit hmm at that bit.

corgiology Sat 03-Jan-15 22:12:36

surely you mean bummer?

Hatespiders Sat 03-Jan-15 22:23:18

Bugger/buggers is such a common word that I doubt if anyone using it is thinking of anal sex. It's just jokey. It's on a par with 'little sods'. No-one imagines that it refers to actual sodomy. Sometimes one can be a tad too literal in reacting to light-hearted banter.

SillyBugger Sat 03-Jan-15 23:10:09

Er... I think the word has more than one meaning, and you're thinking of the wrong one - you have to look at the context.

BigBirthdayGloom Sat 03-Jan-15 23:44:37

It's a great book!

honeysucklejasmine Sat 03-Jan-15 23:46:58

Great book though. I also enjoyed "Getting the Buggers to Think" but that was years ago. I imagine Ofsted have changed their mind about how children need to think (I.e. to show that they are thinking) in the meanwhile.

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