Slang and uncoventional english part 44

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Slang and uncoventional english part 44

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One kind of eyewash, the army's innumerable 'states' and 'returns' was known as bumf, short for bum-fodder the abbreviation was common in English public schools from before 1900; the full term for toilet-paper dates back to the seventeenth century, when it was coined by Urquhart, the translator of Rabefais; Urquhart is one of the most prolific originators of the obscenities and vulgarities of our language, and with him rank Shakespeare and Burns.

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