His enemies accused him of being scared, of, to use a different metaphor, chickening out.That's what 'bottler' means in British slang: a person who lacks the courage to go through with something. It all goes back to a rather strange use of 'bottle' to mean 'bravery' or 'nerve', which has been around for nearly a century now. Gordon Brown had recently taken over as prime minister of Britain in 2007, and he'd been thinking of holding a general election, to confirm his leadership.Then he suddenly seems to have been struck by terrible doubts over whether he'd win, so he decided not to have an election after all.I have written a range of articles on this subject and given talks about them in Europe and the USA: I am always happy to help you try and identify your paperweights.All Old English paperweights were made with lead crystal, which is a minimum of 24% lead.He edited the 17th edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and he has broadcast extensively on lexical matters.Here is a brief guide to the complex and difficult task of identifying Old English paperweights.
He began his dictionary career as one of the editors of the first edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, and over the past twenty years he has produced a range of his own books on the history and use of words, including the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang and Twentieth-Century Words, a survey of the new words that came into the English language during the twentieth century.
The majority have a higher lead content, with Walsh Walsh and Arculus running at about 33%.