Bung is the name of the constantly drunk jester in the comic strip The Wizard of Id by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart. He spends most of his time at the local tavern, giving out tidbits of his own brand of philosophy.

The tavernkeeper constantly tries to convince Bung to stop drinking, but Bung always seems to have a counter-argument, claiming that he is happiest the way he is.

A word which in the Australian vernacular has two distinct meanings and pronunciations.


1. (verb)

To place; forcefully, in a nonchalant or hasty manner. An equivalent would be whack

Examples:

I was in a hurry so I just bunged the lasagne in the oven and ran out the door

Bung a nail into the wall and you've got a great place to bung your hat

Bung that in the corner, would you?


2. (noun) also spelled boong

A highly derogatory term for the Aboriginals of Australia, used especially by the racists of rural Queensland, Western Australia and other parts of the Australian outback. Generally considered more offensive even than abo. See also darkie, coon, nigger.

Origin: See Webster's entry (#3) below - in Australia the term was applied in the general sense of thief. From the very beginning of white settlement in Australia the Aborigines were vilified as lazy and criminal in nature. They seemed to the British invaders to be somehow less than human and incapable of ever becoming "civilised". When in the 19th century settlers began to encroach upon the land of the Aborigines on a large scale for the purpose of livestock farming, the native animals were driven off and therefore food became scarce for the resident indigenous groups or clans. In order to survive the local people were forced to occasionally kill and eat a sheep or cow, which was of course theft in the eyes of the farmers and justification for a concerted attempt to exterminate and/or assimilate the Aborigines completely. Tactics employed ranged from what could be disguised as seemingly misguided humanitarianism (see The Stolen Generation) to blantantly obvious attempts at genocide such as leaving poisoned meat for the blacks to find - which of course they only ate because killing livestock meant hanging.

The Aborigines of Australia generally like to be known simply as Aborigines or Aboriginal people, but in parts of Queensland Murri is preferred, whilst in Victoria and New South Wales koori (also spelled koorie) has in recent years become the acceptable term.

Bung is a term used in the butchering industry for an animal's rectum. In order to prevent the spread of bacteria to saleable meat, before removal the bung is plugged at its open end and tied off on in the inside. Much research has been conducted on the clean removal of the bung.

In China, where the bung is a regular food item (known as zhi2-chang2 or "straight intestine"), the entire lower large intestine and bung of a slaughtered animal is usually cleaned by this process:

  • squeezed until empty by running through the fingers
  • the bottom is held shut and the tube is filled with water
  • the water is sloshed around and then drained
  • the tube is filled with water again and the upper mouth is made to fall into the tube, until it comes out the bottom and the whole tube is reversed
  • scrubbed like mad

Butchers in China are quite adept at doing this quickly and sanitarily (the various steps are carried out as many times as necessary to ensure cleanness). The bung is eaten as a regular organ meat - stir-fried, for instance. The bung itself is thin. It is usually prepared cut into small pieces, not left in tubular form. The stir-fried bung has a distinctive texture - firm (al dente) on the outside and soft on the inside.

The end of the bung (familiarly known as the bunghole) is treated as a separate food item, known as da4-chang2-tou2 "the head of the large intestine". A sphincter muscle, it can be stir-fried so that it has the consistency of calamari rings.

Bung (?), n. [Cf. W. bwng orfice, bunghole, Ir. buinne tap, spout, OGael. buine.]

1.

The large stopper of the orifice in the bilge of a cask.

2.

The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.

3.

A sharper or pickpocket.

[Obs. & Low]

You filthy bung, away. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Bung, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bunged (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bunging (#).]

To stop, as the orifice in the bilge of a cask, with a bung; to close; -- with up.

To bung up, to use up, as by bruising or over exertion; to exhaust or incapacitate for action. [Low]

He had bunged up his mouth that he should not have spoken these three years. Shelton (Trans. Don Quixote).

 

© Webster 1913.

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