Saturday, April 9, 2011

Word of the Day: Bumf

via A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

MEANING: Noun: Unwanted or uninteresting printed matter such as governmental forms, legal documents, junk mail, promotional pamphlets, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Short for bum fodder, slang for toilet paper. Earliest documented use: 1889.

“A mortgage loan can generate 200 pages of bumf, most of it so boring and repetitious that no one has the energy or the time to read it all.”—John Gilmour; Lenders Use The Hoover Principle; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jan 20, 2001.

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