[Ads-l] boof

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 14:31:58 EDT 2018


Vox just released an article on the word “boof”:

Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook: the “boof” joke, explained
Alex Abad-Santos
https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17905818/brett-kavanaughs-yearbook-boof <https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17905818/brett-kavanaughs-yearbook-boof>

The story has anecdotal citations, including a claim that “boof” < bu-fu < butt fuck.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boof <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boof>) does not adequately cover this term, and the English OLD and HDAS do not list it. 

In the ADS archives, Barry Popik has a 2000 citation for “to boof” meaning to anally conceal:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2000-December/010934.html <http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2000-December/010934.html>

Two other mentions of “boof” in the archives:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073314.html <http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073314.html>
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073396.html <http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073396.html>

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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