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    Two questions

    Dear Teachers,

    Could you answer the following?

    1)Does "band around" in the expression, "rumours being banded around"
    mean circulate?

    2)I was told that in British English "backside" was a very vulgar term which was only used to refer to "buttocks." Is this true? Would it be inappropriate to say, for example, "The backside of this book?"

    Thank you.

    YY


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    Re: Two questions

    the word is 'bandied' and the expression is 'bandied about', though I guess 'bandied around' is a variation on this.

    It means 'to pass on or discuss an idea or rumor in a casual way'

    'backside' would not be regarded as vulgar. It is colloquial, as in " Come on, get off your backside and give me a hand to finish this."

    It is milder than the American expression, " Get off ya ass."

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    Re: Two questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Yuri Yoshikuni View Post
    Would it be inappropriate to say, for example, "The backside of this book?"
    I would say simply "the back of the book" or "the back of the building," not "the backside of the book" or the "backside of the building."

    Front and back imply sides, so it doesn't need to be repeated.

    Backside is not at all vulgar in the US either.

    {not a teacher}

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