Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gordon Bennett

A term many of of used. Meaning why bother but how many know the origins of it.

In the 1920's there was a British racing driver called Gordon Bennett, he was not good enough for Grand Prix racing, but won all the clubman races he entered.

Racers seeing his name on the roster were heard muttering 'Gordon Bennett,' at that time it was meant to mean we cannot win, over time it has come to mean 'Why bother?'


  1. I didn't know that, Alan, thanks for enlightening me!

  2. Yes, lots of common terms have a different meaning to what we use them for Emma.
    The well known Cockney term 'Cor blimey'
    Is in fact a slang for 'God blind me'