Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 14, 2010 at 20:51
In Reply to: Bumpff posted by Nigel Walpole on September 14, 2010 at 15:54:
: An origin suggestion: Bumpff - the term applied to anything involving papaerwork. It is an acronym for Brakes, Undercarriage, Mixture, Pitch, Fuel, Flaps, which was the landing checklist for piston-engined propellor driven aircraft: the term was then applied, initially by RAF types. When it subsequently came into general use it often lost its last 'f'.
: Could be that this is first entry from SAMOVAR - SOCIETY that ASSIGNS MILITARY ORIGIN to VIRTUALLY ALL RANDOM SAYINGS
I think you could very well be right! Where did you collect this gem?
Just in case anyone doesn't know - "bumf" is certainly a shortening of "bum [in the British slang sense of 'backside'] fodder". (VSD)