As part of the buildup at BBC America to the premiere of the Nerdist TV show next Saturday, September 24th, the network is posting nerd-centric stuff at its Anglophenia blog every day this week. Yesterday’s kick-off was that thing wot I wrote describing Nerdist, and today’s is an edition of Fraser McAlpine’s irregular series explaining British slang, “Fraser’s Phrases.” This time, it’s nerd-related, explaining for Americans the terms “swots” and “boffins.”
Rather than fully explaining that here, I’ll send you there to determine if you’re a swot or a boffin. Briefly, though, swots are basically the teacher’s pet sort of smart kid, and boffins are intense about science. They’re more subsets of nerdism than synonymous with it. Fraser has a lot more about it, though, so click here and read it. And then — yes, I’M GOING TO BE DOING THIS A LOT THIS WEEK — watch the Nerdist TV show on BBC America Saturday, September 24th, 10 pm Eastern, and tell your friends to do the same. Swots and boffins welcome.