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Bumptious

Postby Slava » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:46 pm

I've had this one on my list of suggestions for the suggestion list for a while now. Perhaps it's time to make the suggestion.

I always understood this word as meaning awkward, goofily clownish, etc. Come to find out it means aggressively, rudely, or offensively assertive. I believe I conflated it with bumpkin, which is often used to describe a palooka from Podunk.
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Re: Bumptious

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:54 pm

Apparently different derivations here, possibly related to bump. Still it's an amusing word, and it's easy to think of a bumptious bumpkin bumping palookas.
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