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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2013-06-08 18:19:23

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

This one buggers belief

I tried to isolate only those cases that, from the context, appear genuine and innocent. Many are from newspaper or news commment sections. At least some of them come from Australia where I suspect that bugger has come to mean simply ‘ruin’ or ‘destroy’ or ‘confuse’ for some, and its other meaning is probably unknown.

it buggers belief to associate either root with “immersion” necessarily.
The meaning of baptism

Of course, it takes trillions of these polyps many years to produce a coral reef, but that doesn’t take away the magic of their cooperative productions. The prime example is the Great Barrier Reef off the nort-east coast of Australia, so large it buggers belief.
Ocala Star-Banner, Jun 13, 1982

people are reliant on electric it buggers belief to think what would happen if the national grid failed. … ult-1.html

What do these “leaders” do? They label the hero of Thai democracy a “terrorist.” It buggers belief.
Thai politics

It buggers belief to think of the disrespect of Australian law that Japanese fisheries engage in.
News comment

how can we sit aside and let the atrocities in Kashmir continue? What is the use of our military might? It buggers belief.
Pakistani defence forum

It buggers the imagination and needs to be exposed and stopped.
Community report, Kenya

The following one was recognized as an eggcorn, from a lawyer’s forum.

My wife has used the phrases “it buggers the imagination” … nt-spaces/

These ‘drug slush funds’ replenished by drug fines and property confiscation need to STOP. It is such an inherent conflict of interest for police, and so ripe for abuse, that it buggers the imagination.
Knoxville news comment

Finally, a tridimensional blend of bugger with beggar and boggle.

There are just so many religions, it buggers the mind to think that we are special in any way
Yahoo questions



#2 2013-06-10 13:25:39

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

Re: This one buggers belief

Funny. A confusion between a literal and figurative mindfuck.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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