Place name meaning "in the middle of nowhere"
My father, a retire
d U.S. Air Force navigator
, had a number of large maps
that he had collected over the years. There was a 3-panel mercator projection
world map from about 1955
that I used as a wall decoration at my place, on the 3-door built-in
closet of my bedroom, which it fit quite well. It was great for staring at when pondering my reading, and for just looking at first thing in the morning or late at night.
One day I was looking closely at the coastline of North Africa
, wondering about Tunisa
, nights there, etc., when I noticed that down in the southwest quadrant
there was a dot for a town with the name Bumfuqh
Is the place depicted
on the map the source of the popular phrase
and its variations? Was this the addition of a wiseacre cartographer
? I suspect the latter, though the former makes a great deal of sense. These types of phrases don't come from nowhere