National Bum Day

A statue of a curvaceous, perfectly round and firm bum, symbolizing the admiration of statuesque bottoms on National Bum Day. The scene is set in a tranquil park surrounded by lush greenery and blooming flowers..
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Well isn't this a cheeky subject to write about! Ladies and gentlemen, observe as we bravely venture into the somewhat wobbly history of National Bum Day. Amusingly, one may assume it's all about celebrating our derrières, but let's dive deeper to unravel the true tale behind this quirky observance.

When is Bum Day?

It's national bum day on the 3rd October.

Statuesque Beginnings

While we only have recorded 4 mentions of National Bum Day, the most mentions we detected were on 03 Oct 2017. I know, it sounds like we're making this up! But in fact, this backside appreciation day appears to have sprung from the admiration of statues. Ever noticed how statuesque bottoms are always perfectly round and firm? Maybe that's the inspiration.

The Significance of the Bum

In many cultures worldwide, the bum represents various values and symbols, often associated with fertility and robust health. A generous bottom often signifies prosperity in several societies. But remember, it's not all about size; it's about celebrating our unique and booty-ful selves!

Shake it with Fun

This day has seen joyful participants trying their hand (or should we say bum) at funny dances, competitions, bum-based art, and numerous other crack-ing activities that certainly help everyone lighten up and certainly breaks the ice at parties!

Sit, Ponder, and Celebrate

So when National Bum Day comes around next time, instead of turning the other cheek, why not join in the fun? Engage in some lighthearted appreciation, share some laughter and positivity, all while acknowledging the humorous side of our shared human anatomy.

History behind the term 'Bum'

15th Century

Origins in Middle English

The term 'bum' first appeared in Middle English as 'bome', meaning the bottom or buttocks. It derived from the Old English word 'bump', which also referred to the same body part.

18th Century

The Rise of Slang

During the 18th century, 'bum' started to be used in slang as a substitute for 'buttocks'. This slang usage became popular in various British dialects, especially among the lower classes.

19th Century

The Meaning Expands

In the 19th century, 'bum' began to take on additional meanings. It evolved to describe a tramp or homeless person, likely due to their association with sitting or sleeping on their buttocks. This extended meaning would later become more prevalent.


Bum as a Hobo Slang

The term 'bum' became firmly established as hobo slang during the 1920s. A 'bum' referred specifically to a homeless person who traveled from place to place, often by hopping freight trains, in search of work or adventure.


Bum as an Insult

By the 1930s, 'bum' had acquired a negative connotation and started to be used as an insult to describe someone lazy, unreliable, or of low social status. This derogatory usage is still somewhat prevalent today.

Present Day

Modern Usage

In modern times, 'bum' is used colloquially to refer to the buttocks, but it is also employed in various idiomatic expressions such as 'bum a ride' or 'bumming around'. It has retained its connection to homelessness as well as primarily being a casual term for the buttocks.

Did you know?

Did you know that in Turkish culture, it’s considered good luck to 'pat' a friend's bum? Now, that's an interesting way to wish good fortune!


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First identified

3rd October 2017

Most mentioned on

3rd October 2017

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