1. paperwork, paper.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Athenaeum 11 July 582/2: Many slang expressions may be added [...] ‘Bimf’ [sic] Army correspondence, is a riddle.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: bumf. That portion of the enormous mass of Official correspondence which was used for a more undignified purpose than the originally intended. Later applied more generally to correspondence and literature of little value.|
|Behind Bamboo 395/2: Bumf, paper of any kind.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 246: The Stakhanovists were those who could keep the biggest amount of bumph circulating in their trays.|
|Concrete Kimono 54: All religiously stacked with thousands of other pieces of bumpf.|
|You Flash Bastard 222: Among the crime reports, telexes, inter-Division memos and bumf from the Yard spilling from his Posts trays was a report on TDC Crane by Lenny Feast.|
|Sloane Ranger Hbk 158: bumph n. Paper. As ‘Why does the Ministry send out all this bumph?’ or ‘Have you any writing bumph?’.|
|(con. 1964) My Secret Hist. (1990) 250: Miss Natwick saw me dealing with the papers. She said ‘Bumf!’.|
|Strip Jack 250: All that bumpf they give you with hire cars.|
|Indep. on Sun. 18 July 26: Most of them convert their order papers and all the rest of the bumf into briquettes to heat their large and draughty homes.|
|Sucked In 20: Mail’s on your desk. Usual bumph, nothing urgent.|
2. lavatory paper.
|Letters to James Joyce (1968) 145: The females have maliciously ruined DeBosscheres drawings by saving 2d. on bunf.letter 22 Nov. in Read|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 83: Thank you very much for your letter & please excuse the bumf this is written on.letter 10 Nov. in Thwaite|
|(con. 1964) My Secret Hist. (1990) 250: She said, ‘Bumf!’ [...] ‘Bum fodder,’ she explained in her Rhodesian snarl.|
|Donkey’s Years 193: Multiple flushings and vigorous application of stiff bumf, the toilet roll sent fairly spinning.|
3. scrap paper.
|(con. 1900s) Oppidan 28: Where the devil is that bumf?|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 97: Just a moment while I get a bit of bumph. What was the map reference again?|
|Und. Nights 126: Joey slung the dough in the car and took out a big foolscap-size envelope, stuffed with bumph.|
4. published material (printed or online) considered as nonsense.
|Sydney Morning Herald 5 May [Internet] Read some of the extraordinary bumf – repeat, bumf – on the organisation’s website.|