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Nerdist Week at BBCAmerica.com: Swots ‘n’ Boffins

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.

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Comments

  1. Dean says:

    The two words has more or less the same meaning when I was at school. I guess it’s another “nerd or geek” type thing.

  2. Mick Gunter says:

    First got introduced to the word “swot” from The Young Ones.

    Rik: Look at you, Neil. Swotting away for teacher like a total spazmo.

  3. Vincent S says:

    omg… God Complex was awesome.

  4. Jake says:

    Just saw a commercial for Nerdist on BBCA!!! I am so excited for it!!
    P.S. Loved the last Doctor Who: God Complex! God that was so good