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Mr Bump expression or saying

An iterative navigation technique that eschews maps, plans and electronic devices and instead proceeds in the hope that each failed attempt will at least bring the traveller a little nearer to the destination. Characterised by scenic routes & late arrivals


A: Which way did you come?

B: I followed Mr Bump


Probably from the phrase Bump of location (hardly used these days), meaning an instinct for knowing where one is

Collected by

Pa – 1970s?
Noel King – father of Naomi


There is probably no connection to the 6ᵗʰ Mr Men book of the same name (Roger Hargreaves 1971) since that character’s defining attribute is accident-proneness

Submitted: 01/03/2022 by Mark ● Last updated: 01/03/2022 19:52 by Mark

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