Bum onomatopœic
Posted: 23 April 2013 04:10 AM   [ Ignore ]
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So I was looking up “bum” on etymonline, as one does ...

bum (n.1) Look up bum at Dictionary.com
“buttocks,” late 14c., “probably onomatopœic, to be compared with other words of similar sound and with the general sense of ‘protuberance, swelling.’ “ [OED]

We what now?

In what sense could “bum” be onomatopœic? The mind fairly boggles.

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Posted: 23 April 2013 04:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s based on the OED entry, which is from 1888 and not well written. It is probably a shortening or variation of “bump,” in the sense of protuberance or swelling. That is the onomatopoetic word.

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Posted: 23 April 2013 04:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Ah ...

Thanks.

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