Origin: Boffin was a common colloquial term used in Britain during WW2 for the technical experts, the backroom boys, who were helping to win the war
An affectionate term, but with some practical fighting man’s scorn for the academic brain worker
Lindsay is such a boffin
Origin: 1930's/40's Royal Air Force slang .
2.Barnes Wallis was delighted to join the Boffins at the central research aerospace lab .
Usually used when an new and unknown piece of technology is being discussed, and having no idea what branch of speacialty is responsible.
Used commonly in 60s and 70s British spy movies and war movies to infer generally to clever people developing, researching weapons etc...
Who knows how it works? That's one for the Boffins....
to develop new and exciting techniques and skills.
(taken from www.boffins.ca/ - 2k - Cached - Similar pages)
By Nick Buchan of NEWS.com.au
June 27, 2005
SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans...........(Drudge Report)
Some sort of Lame insult to clever people.
Clever Guy: "you hav the I.Q of a Hair."
Dumbass "whats I.Q?"
Clever person "haha Dumbass. You Suck"
Sam: well I went boffin' but these freshmen almost caught me so I made a joke and ran!