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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Wales voted to keep first past the post, Northern Ireland voted to keep first past the post, but AV—I was going to say "this bastard of a system", but I must not say that—this awful system that we have been discussing at length was imposed upon the whole of the United Kingdom by a vote in England.

Lord St John of Fawsley: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that, in the West Country, the word “bastard” is a term of endearment?

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: In the West Country, rightly so. Where I come from, however, it is not thought of in quite the same manner.
Is this true about the West Country, then?


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Dec. 20th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Not that I was aware of, certainly not how my father used it. Given he actually is one, I suspect the noble lord may be mistaking a usage amongst his friends with general usage.

Or merely have been the subject of a wind up.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
According to the OED, "bastard" is also a size of paper.

The preservation of this faith is of more consequence than the duties on red lead, or white lead, or on broken glass, or atlas-ordinary, or demi-fine, or blue royal, or bastard, or fool’s-cap, which you have given up; or the Three-pence on tea which you retained.

(from Edmund Burke, "On American Taxation", 1774)

The Guardian should publish a special weekend edition in bastard format.
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