One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Officious and pompous behaviour by minor officials.‘a vast increase in bureaucracy, pen-pushing, and bumbledom’
red tape, rules and regulations, etiquette, protocol, officialdom, paperwork, unnecessary paperworkView synonyms
- ‘I must say that it is with special shame and indignation that one protests against this notable piece of Bumbledom.’
- ‘He set himself the task of characterizing "rounded" global bureaucrats less prone to Bumbledom in his utopias.’
- ‘It is a very sad day caused by bumbledom.’
- ‘The letter was, to me, the best example of Bumbledom I have come across for a long time.’
- ‘Too many foreign residents are finding that paradise has a high price and that incessant bumbledom is putting a damper on enjoying their retirement.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of Bumble, the beadle in Dickens's "Oliver Twist", + -dom.
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