Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

Subscriber: null; date: 13 November 2018

Bumfuck, Egypt

Source:
Green's Dictionary of Slang
Author(s):

Jonathon Green

Bumfuck, Egypt n. (also Bumfuck, Africa; Bumfucked/ bumfucking Egypt; Bumfuck, Iowa; Bumfuck, Texas; buttfucking Egypt; Buttfuck, New Jersey; East Bumfuck; East Buttfuck; West Bumfuck; West Buttfuck) [bumfuck adj./ buttfuck n.; orig. US milit. jargon Bumfuck, Egypt, a very distant and remote place] (US milit./campus) 

a very distant place.

1986 C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 316: High-school bands from Bumfuck, Iowa. 1989 P. Munro Sl. U. 35: B.F.E./B.F.A. the boondocks, a very far away place […] [Butt Fucking Africa]. 1996 Eble Sl. and Sociability 36: Two kinds of shortening reduce words to letters. The dominant type in college slang is initialism, which names the individual letters: BFE (bum fucking Egypt) ‘in the middle of nowhere, far away’. 1997–2000 Da Bomb [Internet] 2: B.F.E.: An expression used to emphasize the fact that something or someone is very far away from you. The expression means Bum Fucked Egypt. 1997–2001 Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] bumfuck n 1. an imaginary place. [Ibid.] butt-fucking Egypt adj 1. inconveniently far away. Often abbreviated BFE, sometimes called ‘bum-fuck Egypt.’ (‘Man, you parked way out in butt-fucking Egypt!’). [Ibid.] east butt-fuck 1. inconveniently far away. Also used is the less offensive east bumble-fuck. (‘You live way out in east butt-fuck.’). [Ibid.] Egypt n 1. a very distant place. See also butt-fucking Egypt. (‘I'm not going to his party – he lives way out in Egypt.’). 1999 N. Stephenson Cryptonomicon 115: You are going to be in West Bumfuck, Arkansas, riding in the Memorial Day parade. 2000 C. Hiaasen Sick Puppy 122: I wouldn't have to fly to Bumfuck, Africa, or wherever. 2002 ADS-L 5 June [Internet] Even though I claim to be a North Carolinian, I'd never heard this; my friend didn't give me a gloss in his first email and I took it for a synonym of ‘East Bumfuck’ (which he thought hilarious). 2002 D. Allison On the Whispering Wind 112: They blow their wad […] on long circuitous cab rides, as Cassidy describes them, ‘from East Jesus to West Buttfuck.’ 2002 J. Starr Hard Feelings 193: Now you drag me out to Butt-Fuck New Jersey for some pointless lineup. 2006 Observer Rev. 15 Jan. 5/3: Fourteen hours later, the bus pulled up outside an army barracks – ‘someplace in Bumfuck, Texas.’