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, written by Jeremy. Read the commentary.

bumptious — bump·tious (bÅ­mp’shÉ™s) — an adjective describing actions that are crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.

It is, perhaps, a blend of “bump” and “presumptuous”.

From Jane Jacobs in The Death and Life of Great American Cities:

“As children get older, outdoor activity becomes less bumptious physically and entails more loitering with others, sizing people up, flirting, talking, pushing, shoving and horseplay. Adolescents are always being criticized for this kind of loitering, by they can hardly grow up without it. The trouble comes when it is done not within society, but as a form of outlaw life.”

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