Balderdash and Piffle

Balderdash and Piffle is a British television programme on BBC in which the writers of the Oxford English Dictionary asked the public for help in finding the origins and first known citations of a number of words and phrases. Presented by Victoria Coren, it was a companion to the dictionary's Wordhunt project.

Balderdash and Piffle
Created byBBC
StarringVictoria Coren et al.
No. of episodes15 (+1 follow-up)
Production
ProducerTakeaway Media
Running time30 Minutes
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format720x576 (anamorphic 16:9)
Original release2 January 2006 (2006-01-02) –
6 July 2007 (2007-07-06)
External links
Website

The OED panel consisted of John Simpson, the Chief Editor of the OED; Peter Gilliver, who was also the captain of the Oxford University Press team in University Challenge: The Professionals; and etymologist Tania Styles,[1][2] who also appeared in the "dictionary corner" in Countdown.[2]

Series 1Edit

The first series of Balderdash and Piffle was originally broadcast in January 2006, each programme being based around a letter. Following the conclusion of the first series, a follow-up episode aired on 16 April 2006 with updates on the discoveries members of the public had made, resulting in several further changes to the dictionary.

Series 2Edit

A new Wordhunt began in January 2007 and the results featured in the second series of the programme which premiered on Friday 11 May at 10pm on BBC Two.

The second series was divided thematically. Victoria Coren was joined by guest reporters who attempted to trace the etymology and first documentary use of words, based on suggestions from the British public. Victoria Coren then took the evidence they had found to a panel of OED staff, who decided whether this evidence was sufficient to include in the dictionary.

The booksEdit

Balderdash and Piffle is also the name given to two books written by Alex Games. The first, titled Balderdash and Piffle was published by BBC Books in 2006. A second book, also by Alex Games and published by BBC Books, is titled Balderdash and Piffle: One sandwich short of a dog's dinner and accompanied the second series of the show.

The two books explore the origins of a number of words in the English language, including randy, shampoo and bouncy castle.

Balderdash & Piffle
 
AuthorAlex Games and Victoria Coren
Cover artistSmith & Gilmour, London
LanguageEnglish
SubjectEtymology
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
2006
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages304
ISBN0-563-49336-4
OCLC67864613
Balderdash & Piffle: One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner
 
AuthorAlex Games and Victoria Coren
LanguageEnglish
SubjectEtymology
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
2006
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages304
ISBN978-1-84607-235-2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Current staff of the OED - Oxford English Dictionary". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tania Styles". IMDb. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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