Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 15 15:10:00 UTC 2009

At 10:11 PM -0500 1/14/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>Does "bumfuck", either noun "act of anal copulation" or verb, go back
>to the18th century?  I do not see it in the OED or Chapman or
>Wentworth & Flexner (the only sources on my shelves).
It's not in Farmer & Henley either.  The closest entry is "bumf" =
'paper' (a truncation of "bum-fodder" in schoolboys' lingo, as "an
obvious allusion to toilet paper".  Or, if you prefer, "bumfodder"
itself, either 'toilet paper' or 'low-class worthless literature,
arsewipes, torche-culs'.


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