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Hilarity N. Suze
08-04-2011, 01:10 PM
Okayeeee....

I grew up in various places, but by the time I hit the age when I was conscious about it, everybody who wanted to leave was calling the place East Bumfuck (or EBF for short). I thought they meant one specific hellhole, but then I started hearing it applied to other, equally non-GD places.

But people I knew in California were calling the same kind of place BFE, or Bumfuck, Egypt. Really? EBF makes so much more sense.

So, how did/do you hear it, and where were/are you?

EBF, Oklahoma (not there anymore)
BFE, California (not there anymore, either, Herlong if you want to get specific)

iftheresaway
08-04-2011, 01:16 PM
I always heard it as BFE, but it was "butt" instead of "bum", and there was no other place name attached to it. Also, it was typically not your own location, but somewhere else, e.g. "I hate going to that store, it's all the way out in BFE." I agree that BFE, California (which, incidentally, if the state I most frequently heard it in) makes much less sense than EBF, Oklahoma.

stretch
08-04-2011, 01:31 PM
Here in Washington State (both wetter Washington and here on the dry side), I've heard Bumfuck, Egypt and the associated BFE way more than East Bumfuck or EBF.

AKA the boonies/boones, toolies, or sticks, you know, way out to Timbuk-fucking-tu. Meaning anyplace that isn't "cool" or meaning living out of town and away from the nearest real store.

purplehorseshoe
08-04-2011, 01:33 PM
I learned BFE as Beyond Fucking Egypt.

Joey P
08-04-2011, 01:34 PM
Never heard of East Bumfuck, EBF or BFE. We always used Bumfuck, Egypt.

pancakes3
08-04-2011, 01:35 PM
grew up in the south and heard "east bumfuck" my whole life. no abbreviations, no variations.

Paintcharge
08-04-2011, 01:37 PM
New England. We learned it as Bumfuck. If it was really out in the sticks, then East Bumfuck.

engineer_comp_geek
08-04-2011, 01:42 PM
Northern WV, western PA area - always heard bumfuck egypt, never abbreviated.

SeaDragonTattoo
08-04-2011, 01:47 PM
Bumfuck, Egypt. Grew up in a far west suburb of Chicago, mostly. Didn't hear the BFE abbreviation until later, in the 90's, but knew what it meant immediately.

Blaster Master
08-04-2011, 01:50 PM
Here in Virginia, it's always BFE. I have heard of variants on BFE, where sometimes rather than Egypt the letter has been replaced with another letter and for some other random place (eg, N for Nowhere), but it's always at least been of the form Bum Fuck, Someplace. I don't recall ever hearing the EBF construction.

And I have to say that I think the BFE construct makes more sense than EBF. EBF implies that maybe there's a WBF or something. I've heard the construction like "dude, you live out in Bumfuck." to imply he lives in the sticks. You'll also hear things saying someone is in some obscure exotic place to imply the same thing. Thus, BFE implies that not only are you out in the middle of nowhere, but you're in the middle of nowhere in a country that's in the middle of nowhere. It's like another whole magnitude of middle of nowhere.

Omar Little
08-04-2011, 01:57 PM
I learned BFE as Beyond Fucking Egypt.

^This +1

Hilarity N. Suze
08-04-2011, 01:59 PM
Oh, I probably should have added that I heard this mostly on or about air force bases, which have a tendency to be in the middle of goddamn nowhere (i.e., Cordell, Okla.) I guess Cordell is east of someplace. (if East BF is Cordell, then West BF would certainly be Herlong.)

bufftabby
08-04-2011, 02:40 PM
BFE, Tennessee. It has a nice ring to it, dontcha think?

Sigmagirl
08-04-2011, 02:42 PM
BFE, usually just the letters; everybody knows what it means. Never EBF.

ultrafilter
08-04-2011, 02:46 PM
Growing up in Columbus, OH, it was either Bumfuck, Egypt or East Jesusville.

Fear Itself
08-04-2011, 02:46 PM
Another vote for Buttfuck, Nowhere.

MeanOldLady
08-04-2011, 02:58 PM
From SoCal, I've heard BFE most often, and am times am known to refer to remote places as East Bumblefuck.

Spice Weasel
08-04-2011, 02:59 PM
I grew up in rural Southeast Michigan, aka Buttfuck, Egypt.

Never heard the other variations. But they all make me snicker.

Sudden Kestrel
08-04-2011, 03:03 PM
Not sure why, but my family members always referred to people who lived in Bumfuck, Nairobi. I didn't hear mention of BFE until I was in my 30s.

silenus
08-04-2011, 03:06 PM
EBFE - East Bum Fuck, Egypt

Chessic Sense
08-04-2011, 03:24 PM
It doesn't sound right to you because you're saying it wrong. It's not BFE, California; it's just BFE. Bumfuck because it's a strange and backward place. Egypt because it's far away and, like the desert, there's nothing there. So when you say that someone lives in BFE, you're saying they live in a distant, barren wasteland populated by backward people unfamiliar with civilization.

Why would you call it EBF, Oklahoma? There's nothing eastern about it, and you're already in Oklahoma so it's not that far away. How does that make any sense?

Little Nemo
08-04-2011, 04:24 PM
Upstate New York. I've heard both Bumfuck, Egypt and East Bumfuck used.

But never East Bumfuck, Egypt. Apparently there's no such place.

Little Nemo
08-04-2011, 04:25 PM
It doesn't sound right to you because you're saying it wrong. It's not BFE, California; it's just BFE. Bumfuck because it's a strange and backward place. Egypt because it's far away and, like the desert, there's nothing there. So when you say that someone lives in BFE, you're saying they live in a distant, barren wasteland populated by backward people unfamiliar with civilization.

Why would you call it EBF, Oklahoma? There's nothing eastern about it, and you're already in Oklahoma so it's not that far away. How does that make any sense?I think you're misunderstanding the OP. Hilarity is saying people in Oklahoma say East Bumfuck and people in California say Bumfuck, Egypt.

Rhiannon8404
08-04-2011, 04:29 PM
I learned BFE as Beyond Fucking Egypt.

Me, too.

perfectparanoia
08-04-2011, 04:44 PM
Up here, we say Bumfuck, Nowhere. Weird.

Angel of the Lord
08-04-2011, 04:45 PM
Northern Illinois here, northwest burbs of Chicago. For me, it's BFE--Bumfuck, Egypt. I don't think I heard the term until I was 19 or so, which would've been in 2002. I won't usually say the whole thing, but I will say BFE. Like, yeah, he lives way out in BFE; just take 64 out past DeKalb, you can't miss the town.

kunilou
08-04-2011, 05:18 PM
Bumfuck. It was too small to have a suburb.

Chopper9760
08-04-2011, 06:55 PM
BFE, Idaho

I've only heard the acronym and only knew it meant the middle of nowhere, this has been educational.

lazybratsche
08-04-2011, 07:54 PM
In the midwest, it was Bumfuck Egypt, (state). It makes a particular sort of sense because there are plenty of Midwestern one-stoplight towns with exotic names. Off the top of my head, I recall towns named Cairo, Versailles (pronounced ver-SAYles), Peru, Mexico, Bremen (BREE-min), Athens, Warsaw... So of course you were in Bumfuck Egypt, because you're three hours outside South Bend, lost, and the last sign of civilization you passed was Morocco, 30 minutes ago.

Just Ed
08-04-2011, 08:24 PM
Seems this has come up a couple (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=17010) of times (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=107165) before . . .

Around my way (NYC Metro area), I've usually heard "Bumblefuck."

Zsofia
08-04-2011, 08:24 PM
We said "East Buttfuck" but also "BFE", which stood for "Buttfuck East".

missred
08-04-2011, 08:58 PM
In the midwest, it was Bumfuck Egypt, (state). It makes a particular sort of sense because there are plenty of Midwestern one-stoplight towns with exotic names. Off the top of my head, I recall towns named Cairo, Versailles (pronounced ver-SAYles), Peru, Mexico, Bremen (BREE-min), Athens, Warsaw... So of course you were in Bumfuck Egypt, because you're three hours outside South Bend, lost, and the last sign of civilization you passed was Morocco, 30 minutes ago.

I'm not sure of your location, lazybratsche, but my guess is that you are within 30 miles or so of where I grew up in northern Indiana. I always heard it as BFE or Bum(ble) Fuck, Egypt. Another variant I've heard since moving south is Bumble Fuck, Statename, as in "He lives way up the plateau in Bumble Fuck, Tennessee." The only times I've heard the East thing has been from military folk and usually then as East Jesus or East Buttcrack.

lazybratsche
08-04-2011, 09:15 PM
I'm not sure of your location, lazybratsche, but my guess is that you are within 30 miles or so of where I grew up in northern Indiana.

Close. I have family in South Bend, but I (mostly) grew up in the Detroit area. Also have family scattered around Ohio. Thus, there were a lot of family road trips taking off-interstate "shortcuts" across the least-populated parts of those states.

Ruby
08-04-2011, 11:05 PM
In the midwest, it was Bumfuck Egypt, (state). It makes a particular sort of sense because there are plenty of Midwestern one-stoplight towns with exotic names. Off the top of my head, I recall towns named Cairo, Versailles (pronounced ver-SAYles), Peru, Mexico, Bremen (BREE-min), Athens, Warsaw... So of course you were in Bumfuck Egypt, because you're three hours outside South Bend, lost, and the last sign of civilization you passed was Morocco, 30 minutes ago.Yup, Fort Wayne native here and yes, it's bumfuck Egypt or BFE for short since the beginning of time.

Agnostic Pagan
08-05-2011, 01:19 AM
Here in Washington State (both wetter Washington and here on the dry side), I've heard Bumfuck, Egypt and the associated BFE way more than East Bumfuck or EBF.

AKA the boonies/boones, toolies, or sticks, you know, way out to Timbuk-fucking-tu. Meaning anyplace that isn't "cool" or meaning living out of town and away from the nearest real store.

I grew up in Washington state also, and I always heard Bumfuck, Egypt or BFE. EBF looks wrong. Buttfuck does not sound right either.

BFE - aka Auburn and Enumclaw.

In the case of Enumclaw, I found this while checking the spelling - Zoo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo_%28film%29). I guess you could say it stands for "Broncofuck Enumclaw"

LSLGuy
08-05-2011, 10:51 AM
Grew up in Los Angeles, lived all over the country, now in the midwest. I work all over the country with people who live all over the country.

Before this thread I'd never heard or read of the abbreviations BFE or EBF.
Before this thread I'd never heard or read of the phrase "Bumfuck, Egypt"
I have heard and used "Bumfuck" and "East Bumfuck", with plain old Bumfuck being slightly the more common.
I think these terms were a lot more popular in the 60s - 80s than they are now.

Invisible Chimp
08-05-2011, 12:13 PM
Lifelong Oregonian. Only heard Bumfuck, Egypt or BFE for short.

Really Not All That Bright
08-05-2011, 12:39 PM
I learned it as Butt Fucking Ethiopia.

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