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Origin of bump
OTHER WORDS FROM bumpbump·ing·ly, adverbun·bumped, adjective
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does bump mean?
Where does bump come from?
Likely emerging in the mid to late 1990s with the rise of online message boards, bump is popularly said to be a backronym for the phrase “bring up my post.” The term, however, may have also simply originated as an extension of the word bump (i.e., give something a bump, or boost).
While the first instance isn’t exactly known, the term was in practice by 1998 on Amezou World, a predecessor to the imageboard site 4chan; it incorporated bumping into its message-sharing platform. A StraightDope message board titled “Bumping Threads” dates back to 2000, confirming that users were familiar with the term by the turn of the century.
Anyone participating in an online discussion forum can bump, and bumping can be useful if a post hasn’t received an answer as a thread becomes buried by newer posts. Writing a one-word bump like “Anyone?” can revive the thread and elicit prompt responses.
How is bump used in real life?
Bump is used colloquially in online message boards and discussion forums. The term can refer to an instance of bumping (a bump) or the action itself (to bump a post). As the practice has become more widespread and common, sometimes the word bump is typed as the very filler word used to bump a post. Some users post image macros (e.g., Super Mario bumping a brick) as a clever or creative accompaniment to their bump message.
Bumping is also sometimes referred to as thread-bumping or bump post. Necro-bumping, also called necro-posting, is the practice of bumping a “dead” (necro) thread. Forum etiquette especially frowns upon this.
Internet bumping is not to be confused with the many other slang senses of bump, including “a hit or dose of drug,” “sexual intercourse,” “a woman’s breast”, “a woman’s abdomen when she is first showing pregnancy,” and “to murder someone.”
More examples of bump:
“What is the etiquette for thread bumping here? There are a couple of threads I find interesting that seemed to have died, and i’d [sic] like to bump ’em up in hopes of getting responses.”
—Larry Borgia, StraightDope, 2000
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How to use bump in a sentence
Hana itself, with a population of 800, isn’t much more than a bump in the road, but it’s a hiker’s paradise.
After the shot, he caught up with colleagues whom he had not seen in person since the spring, saying goodbye with elbow bumps.Churches pair up with clinics to deliver coronavirus vaccine to those who need it most|Jenna Portnoy|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Castillo said he already has seen a bump in inquiries from young people for his studio.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage|Rick Maese|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Still, women are perceived as talking more than men, even when they don’t, and while men benefit from talking more—listeners find them to be more competent—women don’t get the same bump.Tokyo Olympics chief said women talk too much in meetings. Research says he’s wrong|Claire Zillman|February 5, 2021|Fortune
A little storm passing to the north tonight is our main bump on the way to a pleasant Friday.PM Update: Rain and snow showers tonight, ahead of a warmer Friday|Ian Livingston|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
As Bump notes, this goes a long way toward explaining the disciplinary disparity between blacks and whites in public schools.
And over at The Wire, Philip Bump highlights a disturbing new study that measures bias as it applies to African American boys.
Bump along with Bill to his newest (and possibly only) dance track in this promo video for GatesLetter.com.Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Covert Workout, Rob Ford Goes Jamaican and More Viral Videos|Ariana Dickey|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However the breakfast show they were working on has been axed and will be replaced by a show called The Bump.
Philip Bump on how a performance artist misled the public radio show.The Conning of ‘This American Life’ Leads to an Embarrassing Retraction|Philip Bump|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Bump," it went up against a telephone pole and the wind left it there.
Bump it in the carburetor enough times, rake it with shrapnel, and it begins to lose its first freshness.Our Part in the Great War|Arthur Gleason
Rocking the boats till people fell Bump right out of their berths onto the floor!Fairy Prince and Other Stories|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Bump he went against the ceiling, and I knew then why he was all over white on the more salient curves and angles of his person.Twelve Stories and a Dream|H. G. Wells
The pole seemed to have magnetic qualities and the result was "Bump."Nuggets of the New Thought|William Walker Atkinson,
British Dictionary definitions for bump
Word Origin for bump
Idioms and Phrases with bump
In addition to the idioms beginning with bump
- bump into
- bump off
- bump up
- goose pimples (bumps)
- like a bump on a log