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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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.
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.
people are reliant on electric it buggers belief to think what would happen if the national grid failed.
http://www.motorhomefacts.com/forum-pri … ult-1.html
The following one was recognized as an eggcorn, from a lawyer’s forum.
My wife has used the phrases “it buggers the imagination”
https://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cqtwo/200 … 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.
Finally, a tridimensional blend of bugger with beggar and boggle.