Bomboclaat word

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Added Oct 22, 2019 at 11:31AM EDT by Matt.

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Bomboclaat, also spelled Bumbaclaat, Bumbclaat and Bumbaclot, is an expletive Jamaican Patwah slang word for a menstrual pad or toilet paper. The phrase is used as an insult or an interjection expressing disgust or anger. In 2019, the phrase became a meme on Twitter that was mistook for a synonym to the memes sco pa tu manaa or "caption this."

Origin

According to Dictionary.com,[1] the term came into use in 1956. They write:

Bombo (or bumba) likely comes from West African words like the Fante bumbo, referring to the vulva but likely similar to the English bum, or “butt.” Clot (or claat) is cloth, in keeping with Jamaican English, which often drops a TH sound for a hard T (e.g., fit instead of fifth).

Together, then, bumboclaat is literally the cloth for the nether regions--either a menstrual cloth (rather than disposable pads) or a cloth for wiping your butt (in the days before widespread toilet paper). Bumbaclot has become a common rendering of the term in the Jamaican diaspora, such as in South London.

On July 10th, 2003, Urban Dictionary [2] user madd dogg defined the term, "a word from da patois language of da jamaican people, originally bumba is ass and claat iis cloth hence asswipes or a fuckin stupid person like ur momma." The post has received more than 510 upvotes in 16 years (shown below).


bumbaclaat a word from da patois language of da jamaican people, originally bumba is ass and claat is cloth hence asswipes or a f----- stupid person like ur momma (P1)who dis blacker kid fi sell crack cocaine. (P2) dem bumbaclaat bwoy dem fi nyam it quick like suga cane by madd dogg July 10, 2003

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Twitter Usage

On September 3rd, 2019, Twitter[3] user @rudebwoy_lamz shared two images of Winslow Thelonious Oddfellow from the American animated comedy series CatDog with the caption "Bomboclaat." The post received more than 13,000 likes and 3,300 retweets in less than two months (shown below).


LAMAR @rudebwoy_lamz Bomboclaat NICTOONS Sep 3, 2019 Twitter for Android 5:38 AM

Some responded by following the format: Captioning side-by-side reaction image with Bomboclaat (example below, left and center).

Others criticized the use of the phrase. Twitter[4] user @tessellated tweeted, "fam bomboclaat does not mean sco pa tu manaa please stop this immediately" (shown below, right).


Angry Tiger @AdamSB_ Bomboclaat Oct 12, 2019 Twitter for Android 10:52 AM Korede Belloved @koredebello Bomboclaat! Oct 11, 2019 Twitter for iPhone 11:12 AM tessellated @tessellated fam bomboclaat does not mean sco pa tu manaa please stop this immediately Abdulfatah @a_otaku1 - Oct 17 Bomboclaat Twitter for iPhone 11:25 AM Oct 18, 2019

Twitter[5] user @rin_becalm tweeted, "Hi non-Jamaicans: The term 'bumboclaat' or 'bomboclaat' does not mean what you think it does. It is not a greeting, a question, or a means of asking ones opinion. It is an expletive, one used to express shock, anger, excitement, or befuddlement. So stop using it. Thanks." The tweet received more than 3,800 likes and 2,000 retweets in less than one month (shown below).

Several media outlets have covered the Twitter usage of the term, including The Daily Dot, [6] HuffPost,[7] GQ[8] and more.


im very broke, don't invite me places @rin_becalm Hi non-Jamaicans: The term 'bumboclaat' or 'bomboclaat' does not mean what you think it does. It is not a greeting, a question, or a means of asking ones opinion. It is an expletive, one used to express shock, anger, excitement, or befuddlement. So stop using it. Thanks. 8:29 AM Oct 5, 2019 Twitter for Android

Various Examples


Double Entendre @dar_kal_ien Ireally dislike Nigerians. They've started to turn 'bomboclaat' into another version of 'sco pa tu manaa @Megxo_official Oct 1 Ebullient Emekah Bomboclaat Show this thread Oca s Apercy 4:41 PM- Oct 2, 2019 Twitter for Android MARK MWEGA @ItsMwega Me guessing why suddenly "Sco pa tu mannaa" becomes #BOMBOCLAAT!" 3:30 AM Oct 14, 2019 Twitter Web App the_boss_lady @bossladydicta First, it was the Usual "Caption This" Then came the Almighty "O je wa ke eng" Before we knew it "Sco pa tu mana" took over and even lasted longer than some peoples relationship... And Now its "Bomboclaat" Very soon it will be "kapachumarimarichopaco" ETS Four-eyed Edo boyTM and 2 others 4:15 AM- Oct 2, 2019 Twitter for Android
COMPTROLLER GENERAL @amagaji5 Bomboclaat? 2:53 PM Oct 2, 2019 from Gombe, Nigeria Twitter for Android Basskidtv BasiD TV @Basskidtv #bomboclaat LE ATHFINDER ΣΣ Solomon Atams SUN AT 11:33 AM 10:08 AM Oct 14, 2019 Twitter for Android Doreen~ @Doreenpatamaka #bomboclaat ... You free to lakula 3:56 PM Oct 6, 2019 from lkeja, Nigeria Twitter for Android

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