A cultural history of the word bollocks, from punk rock to politics

A small UK political party is benefitting from anchoring its campaign around a big, brash British word: “bollocks.”

The distinctive word isn’t just colorful or crass. It has a long political history as a bold statement. And the Liberal Democrats, a pro-EU centrist party, is hoping that history, wrapped up in its campaign slogan “Bollocks to Brexit,” could help it win over frustrated voters.

Indeed, the Lib Dems are polling in the number two spot among UK parties in the European...

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