Of uncertain etymology, but probably derived from a corruption of box-standard under influence from bog (“shitter, coarse slang for an outhouse or toilet”), possibly via bog-wheel (“Cambridge slang for bicycle”), or from bog (“unsettled swampland”) in reference to a lack of sophistication or polish. Sometimes folk etymologized as separately deriving from bog (“toilet”) + standard after a supposed similarity among chamberpots or toilets (despite box-standard predating it by a century and bog's original use only in reference to latrines and outhouses) or from the unattested acronym BOG standing for British or German.
- (Britain slang, pejorative) Utterly basic, ordinary, or standard; unremarkable, unexceptional, &c.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "bog-standard, adj." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2002.
- Crystal, David. "Bog standard" for Learning English: Keep Your English Up to Date. BBC (London).
- ^ Quinion, Michael. World Wide Words. "Bog-standard". 2 June 2001.
- "Bog-standard" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.