American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of bumf.
- n. reading materials (documents, written information) that you must read and deal with but that you think are extremely boring
“(OED) says that bumf, also spelled bumph, is short for bum-fodder, and defines it as "toilet-paper; hence, paper (esp. with contemptuous implication), documents collectively.”
“The bumph enclosed with Blancmange's first album since 1985 flags up their influence on acts such as La Roux, but on Blanc Burn the duo themselves have left most of their 80s sound in the 80s.”
“Promotional photos reshot in record time, marketing bumph rejigged using Microsoft Word's Cut and Find/Replace facility.”
“As a very part-time tutor for the Workers Educational Association WEA, I was forced to join an organisation that has nothing to offer me; I ignore the endless bumph that is sent.”
“This first column is all the bumph described above - the stuff I'd need if I wanted to retrace my steps or remind myself why I ended up doing things a certain way.”
“Open Objects: How I do documentation: a column of bumph and a column of gold skip to main | skip to sidebar”
“And if I ever want to write up the whole project, I've got a record of the whole process in the column of bumph.”
“How I do documentation: a column of bumph and a column of gold”
“Feb. 9: … Running out of bumph toilet paper and there are no newspapers.”
“The citizens of most of the rest of the world never swallowed Washington's claptrap and bumph about Iraq -- the weapons, building democracy, etc.”
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Names of printed materials meant to be read - for worship, pleasure, information, recitation; out of curiosity, or, in the case of adverts, to get our attention and sway our spending choices.
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