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English citations of bum

  • 1595-96 Shakespeare, William, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, scene i:
    Puck: ...The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,
    Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me;
    Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, ...
  • 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
    ...the female ſex each new Moone defying pale fac't Cynthia by turning up their bummes, imaging her the cauſe of their diſtempers.
  • 1666–1671 (first published 1747), poem To My More Than Meritorious Wife, by John Wilmot 2nd Earl of Rochester (published in The Works of The Earl of Rochester, Yale, 1968):
    With low-made legs and sugared speeches,
    Yielding to your fair bum the breeches, …
  • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 165:
    I was always glad to be doing something, but I was not so liable to burst from joy when I suspected that my activity was going to turn out to be nothing but discarding from a bum hand.