Posted by: Jack Henry | June 28, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Bunfight!

One of my friends sent this to me a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I would share it with you. It represents the fun and games we can have when sharing our different versions of English “across the pond.” The names and places have been changed to protect the innocent.

Good morning, Kara.

My manager, Nigel (from London) wrote, “It’s a bit of a bun fight” in an email. Being curious, I searched for it. I found these definitions; one in particular I thought was hilarious, and I had to share!

· The term bun fight is evidently widely used across nations of the old British Commonwealth and goes back to the late 1800s.

· A sustained, overblown argument about a petty matter, usually personal in nature to the participants but not to everyone else.

· bunfight n. a tea party, esp. with image of children struggling for sticky buns.

· bunfight n. a tea party or other function, typically of a grand or official kind.

· a heated argument or exchange

And now, for my favorite: It derives from disputes between antagonists who are both hot and cross.


Thank you, Ms. K., for sending me this and making my day. Next Easter, I will propose a toast to you before I munch down on some hot cross buns!

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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