Oryx-and-Crake (oryx_and_crake) wrote in linguaphiles,

Dear linguaphiles,

I am reading "The Manticore" by Robertson Davies, and there is a teacher whose students nicknamed him Buggerlugs. His nickname was Old Buggerlugs, because he had a trick of jabbing his little finger into his ear and rooting with it, as if he were scratching his brain. The only remotely possible ethymology I found was "bugger - a person or thing considered to be contemptible, unpleasant, or difficult", and "to lug - to pull or carry with force or effort", and I fail to see any link between this and the explanation that the author gives. Could you please explain what Buggerlugs actually means?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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