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Within the UK, it continues to be mainly workingclass, but in recent years it has also been fairly widely used by young people with a middle-class background who are anxious to show how classless they are or, at the very least, to prove their solidarity with the working class. Writers have followed suit, observing individuals who are 'far too fastidious for the motorway caff' (Nuttall: Bomb Culture, 1968). Camp. If they were prepared to be honest, a great many users of 'camp' would be hard pressed to say exactly what they meant by the word.
Very much a young person's word, it can refer either to people or to machines, but it always involves a lot of noise. It was 18 Bland not found before the 1970s. Among the aficionados, a motorcycle would be 'made to blam around a circuit at full bore' (Superbike, Sept 1978). Bland. Mild, smooth, suave, soothing, gentle, not stimulating. In all these senses, 'bland' has been a part of Standard English for 300 years, usually but not always as a description of people or their behaviour. Since World War II, however, the meaning of the word has been widened in two directions.
Beautiful people wanted for outdoor hippy production' (International Times, 5 Jan 1968). 14 Beeb Beeb. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). A creation of the later 1970s, the inventor probably being the disc jockey, Kenny Everett. It was quickly taken up by journalists - 'Beeb slaps ban on sex' (Daily Mirror, 22 March 1979); ' ... the Beeb's latest response to widespread dissatisfaction with the unwieldy, remote 'local' radio station' (Time Out, 6 April 1979)- and is now in fairly general use, although almost entirely among the more educated sections of the population.
A Dictionary of the Teenage Revolution and its Aftermath by Kenneth Hudson