Football coach coins neologism, snags 200,000 trackbacks

Mike Newell has apparently written and spoken about a culture of bung — a “bung culture”, as it were — for the past year or two. Now that term , which may never have been popular before, has become indelibly linked to his name.

“Another conservatory”, “a boob job”, and “a fast car” are all identified with one another in the list of uses to which a bung may be put.

Bungs “have always been a part of football” — apparently they are kickbacks of one sort or another. Where this usage comes from escapes me atm, but I’m sure I will find out soon.


  1. Ian Jorgeson

    January 23, 2006 @ 3:21 pm


    A few minor points. A bung (singular countable noun) is “A stopper especially for the hole through which a cask, keg, or barrel is filled or emptied.” leading to the use of the term bunghole to stand in for asshole. Bung (uncountable noun) is a term for bribes, paybacks, and the like.

  2. Ian Jorgeson

    January 23, 2006 @ 3:23 pm


    One more point. A company called Jarvis actually makes a product called a bung dropper. I’ll leave it to your imagination (and the following link) to figure out what this product does…

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