BUM is our language’s MVP
Oft used by luminaries from Minaj to Brando, a Lebron James tweet reintroduced the world to the most powerful three letters in the English language
Over the weekend, the greatest basketball player on the planet called the President of the United States a “bum” on twitter, because this is 2017 and the entire world has become a living, breathing game of mad-libs. President Trump is also the number one target of ire from Mad-Libs, and that was an intended pun. Thank you. Please venmo me whatever amount of money you feel is appropriate.
The tweet was birthed when President Trump responded to NBA superstar Steph Curry’s statement that, as a matter of principle, he would not attend the traditional NBA champions meet and greet at the White House by rescinding Curry’s invitation to the White House-the presidential equivalent of “you can’t break up with me, I’m breaking up with you”. Lebron came to his co-worker’s defense shortly afterwards.
His use of the word bum-described in full below-is possibly my favorite thing that Lebron has ever done. The word “bum” is such an incredibly underrated and underused part of our lexicon. With just three letters, it can cover so much of the emotional spectrum. There is an inverse relationship between the length of the word and it’s versatility in the language. I decided immediately that I would start using the word bum more often. I’m very late to the party. Bum is a perfect word-used perfectly by a surprising number of genius individuals. It truly is amazing how the word bum can do so much with so little.
There is the way basketball genius Lebron James said “bum”, when he tweeted, “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!,” which so perfectly (and hilariously) conveyed his feelings of frustration and disdain and anger and overall bewilderment.
There is the way musical genius Andre 3000 said “bum” on our nation’s other National Anthem, International Players Anthem, when he said, “I’m glad it’s night, so the light from the sun would not burn me on my bum”, which was perfectly charming and fun, insomuch about a song about sleeping with women and then never speaking to them again can be charming and fun.
There is the way acting genius Marlon Brando said “bum” in On the Waterfront, when he said, “I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it,” which was so perfectly heartbreaking and tender and sad.
There is the way that boxing genius Mickey Goldmill said “bum” in Rocky II when he said, “You’re training like a damn bum you know that, a bum!”, which was so perfectly candid and motivating.
There is the way that rap genius Nicki Minaj said “bum” on Gucci Mane’s Make Love when she said, “Tell them bum ass bitches to play their role, she see my sexy ass every time she scroll”, which was so perfectly intimidating and demoralizing.
There is the way that poetry genius Charles Bukowski said “bum” when he said, “I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don’t like laws, morals, religious, rules. I don’t like to be shaped by society,” which was so perfectly rebellious and cool.
There is the way that artistic genius Jean-Michel Basquiat said “bum” when he said, “I thought I was going to a bum for the rest of my life,” which was so perfectly inspiring and amazing.
Finally, there is the way that rock genius Rod Stewart said “bum” when he said, “I’ve got Ferraris coming out me bum,” which was so perfectly arrogant and incredible and tombstone-worthy.
Beautiful, isn’t it? Don’t ever tell me again that English is not a Romance language, U bum.