is one of those highly informal but likeable expressions that seem older than the dictionaries would suggest. It was entered in the 1997 edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words and in the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1999). In 2006 it was added to the online version of the OED, with evidence from 1968. It is a graphic word of obscure origin, perhaps an alteration through mishearing of (box-standard) meaning ‘basic, standard’, although this form is not recorded until later. The expression is more usually spelt with a hyphen:

• Most UK adults have a bog-standard, old-fashioned bank account that pays 0.1% interest on credit balances —business website, 2004.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • bog-standard — adj [only before noun] BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from box standard of the standard type, packed in an ordinary box ] not special or interesting in any way = ↑average …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • bog-standard — adj Brit informal : having no special or interesting qualities : ↑average a bog standard speech It s just a bog standard school …   Useful english dictionary

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  • bog standard — UK / US adjective British informal ordinary and not special in any way It s just a bog standard CD player …   English dictionary