bog standard

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain; perhaps most likely bog (toilet) + standard with obscure semantic development. Believed to derive from early ceramic toilets being produced to exactly the same specification in white only which became known as the bog standard. [1] [2]

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bog standard

  1. (idiomatic) Especially plain, ordinary, or unremarkable; having no special, excess or unusual features; plain vanilla
    She drives a bog standard economy car.

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