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Re: What evolution couldn't make ;)
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2018, 12:19:08 PM »
In Australian English bodge and botch mean the same thing.

Yup, language drift through (mis)usage until it becomes accepted:

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bodge
bɒdʒ/
verb BRITISH informal
make or repair (something) badly or clumsily.


Yet my late 19thC copy of Ogilvie's Dictionary (my oldest dictionary and one that bears surprising similarities to the first OCD) gives the definition of "bodge" as:

"To boggle, to stop"

And "botch" as similar to above.

The King's English Dictionary (c. 1930) has no "bodge" but for "botch" something similar to above however the primary definition is: "a large ulcerous affection".
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