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Old buffer

An "old buffer" is...?

Memory storage which needs to be refreshed
19(22.4%)
A retired Chief Petty Officer from the British navy
9(10.6%)
A foolish old man
40(47.1%)
An unfamiliar phrase
12(14.1%)
Something else which will be explained in a comment.
5(5.9%)

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perfectlyvague
Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Duffer's more common. I'd get what buffer meant, but I'd say duffer or codger over it and yes, I'd expect some sort of military background before 1970.