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OED seeks evidence of Prince Philip as wordsmith


LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip is known for his blunt talk and colorful turns of phrase. Now the Oxford English Dictionary wants to know whether the British royal consort is responsible for coining a memorable entomological term.

Editors say Philip uttered the first recorded usage of "blue-arsed fly" in 1970, telling a photographer he'd been "running around like a blue-arsed fly."

The dictionary is appealing to readers to submit earlier uses of the term. It notes the variant "blue-assed fly" was first recorded in 1932.

The appeal is part of a new website, launched Wednesday, asking people to help trace the history of words. Other terms on the list include the cocktail bellini — first recorded in English in 1965 — and FAQ, thought to have been coined in 1983.



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