John Beetem said:
I had to look up "boffin". I wonder what the origin is?
If I want to know the origin of something like this, I usually turn to the "World Wide Words" web site: http://www.worldwidewords.org/…..tm
Thank you, but the entry doesn't really solve the conundrum:
All sorts of theories have been put forward for where it came from...
How it got from any of these names into RAF parlance — if that was the route it took — is a complete mystery.
So I'll make up my own hypothesis, that it was because secret radar tests were carried out over Baffin Bay , between Baffin Island, Canada, and Greenland. Since these tests were secret, there is no way to test my hypothesis. QED
I like this bit from the link:
Professor Fell should know that language goes where it will, unconstrained by positive thinking or earnest exhortations.