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Apr 1, 2011
This week's theme
Words for body parts used figuratively

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accolade
elbow grease
pugnacious
dauphin
bumf

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

bumf

PRONUNCIATION:
(bumf)

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.

USAGE:
"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.

See more usage examples of bumf in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth. -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918-2008)

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