A new Dr. Seuss book is found. What new Seuss word is discovered inside?

Theodore Geisel, under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, wrote 44 children’s books that are as loved by young readers as they are by adults. Delight filled the Dictionary.com office when we learned an unpublished Seuss manuscript has turned up, containing a hitherto unknown “Seussism.”

Some of his playful language creations, or neologisms, have become ubiquitous, such as ”biggered,” the word meaning “enlarged” in “The Lorax.” Another classic is “every-which-where,” the word for the direction in which a particular yawn spreads in “Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book.”

Convenience may have motivated his coinages as well. For example, a chimbley is another name for chimney in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Chimbly rhymes with nimbly.

Eleventeen is a number in Seuss-world. Beeping, yapping, yipping, and bipping are the noises made by the Whos, the microscopic inhabitants of Who-ville. And what’s the name of the creature on the sofa in “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket”? It’s a bofa, of course!

 Seuss’ unfinished manuscript “All Sorts of Sports,” which recently sold at an auction for $34,004, contains a fine addition to the Seuss lexicon: blumf.

“All Sorts of Sports” is about an athlete named Pete who tries a hundred different sports. It’s during one of Pete’s rambles about athletics that we find the new word:

“What am I going to do today. Well, that’s a simple matter. Oh, that’s easy. We could play. There are so many sports games to play. We could swim. I could play baseball … golf … or catch. Or I could play a tennis match. There are so many sports, let’s see. … I could bowl, jump hurdles, or water ski. I could blumf. Or blumf blumf blumf blumf blumf. Or blumf. Or blumf blumf blumf blumf blumf.”

There’s speculation that the word “blumf” was simply a placeholder, the silly version of the classic lorem ipsum. But it could have also been a word for a new sport. Perhaps a combination of bowling, umpiring, and football?

Tell us what you think “blumpf” means, as well as your favorite Seussian words, below.

Orlando, Fla., Law Firm to Pay Former Judge for Defamation of Character.

The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL) January 18, 2002 Byline: Dina Sanchez Jan. 18–An Orlando law firm has to publish an apology and pay a “substantial amount” to a former workers compensation judge who accused it of defaming him in a 1994 memo.

Rand Hoch sued Rissman, Weisberg, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McLain and another firm in 1996, alleging that they had circulated a memo implying that Hoch, then a judge in Daytona Beach, was a pedophile. here defamation of character

Hoch said that Rissman, Weisberg, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McLain had used the memo in seminars meant to “give the dirt” on judges, attorneys and mediators to clients and potential clients.

“For a lot of people who got that information, it was the only information they had of me,” Hoch said this week. “It’s important that retractions be made.” The other law firm, then called DeCiccio and Associates, was dropped from the lawsuit in 1999. Although Hoch’s case was initially thrown out by a state circuit judge and the Court of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court reinstated it in 2000. go to web site defamation of character

Hoch, who now works in South Florida, said that, as part of a planned settlement, he will receive a “substantial amount” of money. The exact amount was not disclosed under terms of the settlement.

The deal also requires the law firm to publish two half-page notices acknowledging the statements as untrue and apologizing for “any injury that may have been caused to Judge Hoch’s good name and reputation.” The notices will appear in newsletters sent to members of the workers compensation section of The Florida Bar and to state members of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals.

Settlement negotiations had started at the end of last year. Circuit Judge R. James Stroker is expected to dismiss the Orlando case in the coming week.

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The good news is that technology now exists to make this dream facility a reality. The bad news is that many communities still aren’t taking advantage of what’s available. That’s unfortunate because when you build an all-purpose facility, you not only create more public excitement about the project before construction, but you also ensure that it will be sustainable for the long term. It’s all about providing multigenerational activities and generating enough programming revenue to keep the facility sustainable.

By keeping those two goals in mind–multigenerational appeal and programmability–we designed what truly can be called the ultimate facility. From movable floors, to lazy rivers to a warm spa, every aspect of this facility was designed with flexibility and sustainability in mind.

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The movable floor goes from 10 feet deep to zero-depth with infinite positions in between. The bulkhead can move the length of the pool–and the possibilities are endless. For instance, with the movable floor, one hour you can have a competitive swimming event, and the next you can move the floor up and have a water aerobics class for seniors.

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The adjacent lazy river also is designed for multigenerational appeal, with a current you can float along or swim against. We’ve designed this one with some additional fountains and geysers along the way that make it more fun. Those looking for more of a thrill can always zoom down the adjacent body slide–a staple of any aquatics facility these days.

When it’s time for good old-fashioned fun, there’s a nonstructured multipurpose play area. This is a great place for kids to play together or individually, and for activities such as water basketball, underwater hockey and the like. Whatever the open-water activity, it’s an important component of the facility that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Taken together, all these elements create a facility that appeals to the young, old, active and nonactive users.

While budgets must be considered, don’t forget that your customers’ willingness to provide upfront Capital has everything to do with what you design in and sell to them. Imagine trying to raise capital with just a traditional pool. Then imagine going to that same group with this plan.

Providing the right mix of features and activities at the outset is a lot more cost-effective than having to add them three or four years down the road because of customer demand or competitive pressures.

The Dream Works FACILITY (A) Indoor, all-purpose center–30,000 square ft., with engineered transparent roofing system [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (B) Flow boarding system with observation deck [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] COMPETITION/PROGRAM POOL [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (D) Movable floor and bulkhead for multiprogrammable pool [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (E) Wave generator [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WET DECK AREA (F) Wet deck–1,750 sq. ft.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (G) Warm spa with hydrotherapy jets–250 sq. ft.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (H) Multilevel play structure with interactive waterplay elements, slide jets and tipping buckets–215 sq. ft. with 1,800 sq. ft. of play pool water [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (I) Lounge area [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS (J) Lazy river with interactive waterfeatures–200 ft. long [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (K) Multipurpose play area–30-by-50 ft.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (L) Body slide with tower–150 ft. long [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ADDITIONAL FEATURES * Water jets * Gurgling springs * Fountains * Floor bubblers * Spray hoops * Dancing waters The Dream Designers BRUCE QUAY Principal Aquatic Development Group, Cohoes, N.Y.

JIM DUNN Director, Architecture and Engineering Quay has 25 years of manufacturing management experience, with more than 20 years dedicated to various director roles within the aquatics industry. Prior to joining ADG, he was president and CEO of Cookson Plastic Molding, with divisions that included Pacific Industries.

Dunn, with 17 years of waterpark development/construction experience, has helped pioneer some of the most progressive water filtration systems. Blizzard Beach (orlando, Fla.), Wet’n Wild (orlando, Fla., and Brazil) are just a few of the waterparks for which he has managed the design, filtration, and/or construction.

Quay, Bruce; Dunn, Jim


  1. Courtenay -  September 13, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Blumf blumf blumf blumf? It’s too obviously a placeholder. As others have said, Seuss was far too clever to write like that for real. I suspect he was just having a bit of fun with a repeated nonsense word while trying to think up the next line. (Incidentally, it does read rather like the sound of someone’s head hitting a brick wall repeatedly.)

    Oh, and Jimob (much further up)… whangdoodle (correct spelling) is not a Seussian word. It’s Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Along with hornswogglers and snozzwangers, of course. :)

  2. Harvey Wachtel -  March 22, 2011 - 7:56 am

    Opi8: You’re surely right about the pronunciation “chimbly” long antedating Dr. Seuss, but apparently not the spelling. See http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/chimbley. I’ve had the impression that this is mostly British dialect.

  3. YellowCelloJello -  January 12, 2011 - 10:13 pm

    You know when you walk out onto your lawn, and there’s a foot of snow, and you just wanna fall right into it for fun??? That noise you make is a BLUMF! That word is so fun to type! :) Blumf blumf blumf blumf! I love Dr. Seuss… and I’m 14, so that goes to show you how awesome he was. ;) And I totally agree with Alek– he was quite an amazing person.

  4. Alek -  December 8, 2010 - 11:33 am

    I always loved the word ‘biggered’ Dr. Suess was so clever, and he really knew how to convey a message, just look at “The Lorax”. What an incredable man.

  5. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  December 3, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Sounds like the noise someone would make if they were to get hit in the kidneys lol, but as jacob said it is a kids book so i doubt that’s it.

  6. ShadE -  December 2, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    why do ya’ll even try? it’s Doctor Suess for crying out loud!! you’ll nevver know whta this word means untill the book is possibly coppied and sold on the self. till then blumf is just a word that is fake giving it no meaning of defintion. besides…arnt we just alil curiouse as to why this book never got finished??

  7. blumf blumph -  November 28, 2010 - 11:30 pm

    blumf, blumph,
    is blumf read bl-oo-mf or bl-uh-mf? just wondering

  8. Miranda -  November 23, 2010 - 5:39 am

    I think blumf is when you bump into people a lot.

  9. thecorrecterprogram/completed/correcting/submittedauto/2010 -  November 15, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    the correct word is blump, not blumf
    corrected/no error/founded and completed/cpu processing/approved

  10. Gord -  November 9, 2010 - 5:37 am

    I think Blumpf means fall down.

  11. totally lollipop -  November 6, 2010 - 1:00 pm

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  12. smoothius -  November 6, 2010 - 9:49 am

    To play blumf you most blort and sprankle
    being careful not to twist your ankle
    then you must frith and jirgle-free
    extra points if done on one knee
    it gets more tricky when you quickaliki
    trickier still when you frilladill
    but if done correctly its quite a sight
    and even done wrong can still be right
    the points? oh they don’t matter you see
    when blumfing, blumf importantly!
    then we will say ‘whutly blumfing, eh’
    on this fine fantabulous day

  13. Ireen -  November 6, 2010 - 7:08 am

    I think Pete/Dr. Seuss just wanted to jump and jump and jumpfff until he’s exhausted ….

  14. Dave -  November 5, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    Dr Seuss was remarkable in many ways, literary and philosophically.
    He saw and knew the foolishness of the trends, of the followers and of the rules imposed on us by those supporting the newest fashions of society. My favorite quote “From here to there, from there to here. Funny things are everywhere.” relates to that theory well.

    In a large part his use of word play was an important part of his message. That message was you don’t need to follow the common rules of speech to make sense and explain a valid point. Any word will do and if at loss for one then why not just make up one of your own for the occasion.

    Blumf does not need to be defined. If the sentence itself did not explain its usage then there is a reason for that. I say that it was not used as a word at all. Instead it was a sound.

    Now that I have answered I’ll take a deep breath eaahklp, and a sigh schweuoo and relax…

  15. Angela & Michael -  November 5, 2010 - 5:04 pm

    Blumfing. There has been similar Suessisms in other books mostly naming animals that Suess has created. So Blumfing must be riding a 12 hump whump named Blumf. Pete was surely Blumf-racing in the month of Lumpf… just as horses make a clippioty clop… blumpf’s make a blumpfity blumpf….


    It could be running with pillows on your feet while jumping hurdles. This activity would absolutly create a repeated Blumpf sound. The sport would most definitely be called hurdle-blumpfing… and could possibly be played by turtles…

  16. bryant noel -  November 5, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    dudes! like, wat is all that ‘blumf’ talk?

  17. bryant noel -  November 5, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    yo! like,dude, i love your books!

  18. spawn -  November 5, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    I think that blumf is both a sport and a placeholder, like he would’ve said “I could blumf.” and then use “blumf” as a placeholder for the rest of the vurse.

    @Reuben: I don’t think the “water skiing” theory debunks itself, where he says “or” at the begining of the sentense.


  19. vladmire -  November 5, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    I don’t think “blumf” has a set meaning, it seems like random crap to me.

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  21. maggold -  November 5, 2010 - 1:12 pm

    i think blumf means excetera

  22. EH -  November 5, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Blumpf is the sound that is made when one drops on the the sofa. He may have gotten tired of just thinking of all the sports he could play.

  23. jacob -  November 5, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    blumf must involve a repetitive action of some sort:

    Since its a kids book I’d leave out boxing, but might include a punching bag.

    Jumping on the bed or possibly in moon boots would fit.

    I’d also include using a paddle with a ball and string attached would fit (anyone know what its called to do this action?)

  24. mue -  November 5, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    blumf is the best thing that has happend to my life

  25. mue -  November 5, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    you guys are so dumb blumf is tight yo

  26. Drae's Bar&Grill -  November 5, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    blumf…sounds like a rubber ball hitting a block of gel. I think the old Dr Suess went a little nuts towards the end of his career.

  27. Ghost of Seuss -  November 5, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Oh would that I could! Oh would that I might,
    Finish my story, On this very night.

    Then never would be, such a dreadful tale
    of so many confused, on such a massive scale!

    Oh innocent it was! A simple little plan.
    Just leaving one word, never heard by man.

    And twenty years later, together and massed,
    You would find my new word, like a blast from the past!

    Then so it would seem, to all far and near
    That I never left, and have ALWAYS been here!

    But to all things good, an end is nearby
    It can never keep going, no matter how I do try.

    So let’s end my game, and shorten your quest
    And reveal to all, this jest of a pest.

    The meaning, dear friend, of my mystery word,
    Is the funniest thing you will ever have heard.

    The true meaning of blumf, you will plainly see..
    Is just another way to say “Please never forget me!”

  28. Will -  November 5, 2010 - 11:54 am

    I looked up “blumf” on Urban Dictionary. I don’t think that definition is what Dr. Suess had in mind…

  29. Nathan Hunter -  November 5, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Hmmm, that post I made made me seem so unitellegent

  30. Gina Carr -  November 5, 2010 - 11:04 am

    I think he is using it as a placeholder. My favorite Seussism is Thinking Thinks.

  31. Incognito -  November 5, 2010 - 10:45 am

    The blumf is a sport, not sound nor place,
    It can only be played by kids, not adults
    The adults will exclaim, “Oh skidults!”
    Oh! I think I made a new word,
    Hmm… I guess the pen IS mightier than the sword
    Anyways, a blumf
    Is fun, it is coolumf
    Kids will play all the dayumf
    The blumf, can be repeated as much as you want
    Just remember, DO NOT RANT
    So what are you waiting forumf?
    Go! Start playing some blumf!

  32. Eri -  November 5, 2010 - 10:23 am

    I’m thinking it’s a place holder, it lacks all the charm of a traditional Dr. Seuss sentence.

  33. Dave Paseman -  November 5, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Whatever the answer…let us not reveal
    Because in Suess world, imagination is clear.
    so clear in fact, that you can clearly see,
    That blumf means something to you that it does not to me.

  34. CDubisms -  November 5, 2010 - 9:53 am

    When I read the word “blumf”, I think of the sound a trampoline makes when you land on it with anything other than your feet. With the inherent repetitiveness that comes along with enjoying a trampoline, it’s seems very understandable why one would blumf repeatedly.

  35. King Of Alll -  November 5, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Blumf is a combination of bowl, jump and golf. Do all 3 and you are blumfing!!

  36. Isabella -  November 5, 2010 - 8:55 am

    sorry about the misprint
    monosyllabic – not monosyllabit. Misprints are not inventions!

  37. Isabella -  November 5, 2010 - 8:52 am

    I do not like ‘blumf’ because, for an English speaker, ‘mf’ is an unnatural combination of letters in a monosyllabit word. It is much harder to invent phonetically acceptable nonsense words. Try it yourself.

  38. Derrick Loudermilk -  November 5, 2010 - 8:49 am

    Yup, no doubt in my mind it has something to do with boxing.

  39. Kyoko -  November 5, 2010 - 8:17 am

    I believe Blumf is a place holder. One needs only to look at what other people have said before me (above)to understand why. Although i do believe it could have been a new word he made, and unsure of what it could mean, an action or sport, he wrote it repeatedly in order to brainstorm what it could mean. A clue to help us figure out if it’s true is to make a accumulation of words that ryhme with it, for it is very probable that he was going to ryhme it. ^^ that’s my opinion, feel free to criticize!

  40. Suesie -  November 5, 2010 - 8:01 am

    Blumpf is a game that originated on Mulberry Street for some rainy day fun. Thing one (or thing two) would hide under a rug (thus becoming the “lump”) while the Cat (In the Hat, of course) would try to block his path and Thing Two (or Thing One, as they love to take turns under cover) would try to Free him and take his place. Obstacles were placed on the rug to add to the fun. Block the Lump from Freedom was the battle cry – which eventually morphed into BLUMPF (co-incidentally the sound the lump makes when backed into an obstacle by the blocker.)
    The game was refined and elevated to a team sport in the early 90s, the rules of which are too lengthy to go into here – but it is great fun to play!

  41. Opi8 -  November 5, 2010 - 8:00 am

    A place-holder for words he would need to select later, and adjust to fit the rhythm he wished to maintain through those stanzas.

    Also, I think the pronunciation “chimbly” (fairly common in rural areas) much pre-dates any of Mr. Geisel’s writings.

    It’s origination and continued use are likely more attributable to the absence of a book, than to the presence of one.

  42. Taylor -  November 5, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Blumf is a word made by the genius of Dr. Seuss!

  43. louis paiz -  November 5, 2010 - 7:37 am

    i think blumpf blumpf blumpf is the sound that a ball full hellium does when bouncing in the basket ball camp before it is throw up to the basket. so in one word it is the sound of a basket balloon when bounced by hand in the ground. thanks

  44. Susan -  November 5, 2010 - 7:30 am

    I think that word is a placeholder.

    One of my favorites: thars!

    Now, the star-belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
    The plain-belly Sneetches had none upon thars.

  45. mark v -  November 5, 2010 - 7:20 am

    i’d wager its a Charlie-Brown-Adult style of sound.

    He degreades into a fanatical sport-fiend incoherent rambling, or only seems like it to the observer.

    He could be so advanced in sports, that we couldnt understand whatever he said, like someone suddenly launched into a indepth explaination of microscopic quantum singularity events and their effects on nonderivative extraplanar radiation redistribution.

    after about 5 seconds all you’d comprehend was “Blumf blumf blumf blumf blumf”

  46. Jan T -  November 5, 2010 - 7:16 am

    moss covered three handled family ” gredunza” …..did I spell it correctly?

  47. trojan13 -  November 5, 2010 - 7:12 am

    new sport

  48. AMY-LOU -  November 5, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Wow this much over a little word???????????????

  49. Tas -  November 5, 2010 - 6:55 am

    Blumf sounds like that guy said it once after he fell on his face by some football and the the audience loved it alot so they replayed that scene a million times that is what I think but seriously if Dr.Suess wants kids to love reading he would just turn them in the wrong direction, next thing you know kids will be speaking foreign languages!!!

  50. Emily -  November 5, 2010 - 6:30 am

    Jack, I love your answer and think they should hire your to finish the manuscript!

  51. Harvey Wachtel -  November 5, 2010 - 6:28 am

    It certainly looks like a blank to be filled in later, but I nominate for one substitution forty-three-man squamish, a sport invented decades ago by Mad magazine.

  52. David -  November 5, 2010 - 6:17 am

    My Grandmother regularly said “chimbly” in stead of “chimney”…
    And “TV pogram” in stead of “pRogram”…
    And she pronounced the word “film” with two sylables – Like “fill-um”… We laughed behind her back alot…

  53. Ray -  November 5, 2010 - 6:12 am

    I suspect Dr Seuss listened to children. Chimbley is a common variation of chimney among little kids. Makes me wonder how many other Seussisms were really overheard rather than invented.

  54. Bonnie -  November 5, 2010 - 6:08 am

    Blumf is what an overweight, but active person becomes. Buff, but lumpy.

  55. Petal Littlething -  November 5, 2010 - 5:53 am

    Picture books often have two related story lines, one through the words and the other through the illustrations. Part of the delight for children is reading the pictures and arriving at an enlarged understanding of what the writing “really” means. Onomatopoeia, yes. Done over and over and over, yes. The question to ask ourselves is what “sport” do children love but adults frown upon? What frabjous activity do parents try to stop at some point? All of us know that one: Jumping on the bed!

  56. Mike McKelvy -  November 5, 2010 - 5:52 am

    Blumf used once would certainly be a puzzle. Used once, then four times, repeated once would absolutely require an illustration. If he left no associated portfolio of art, we will never know.

  57. Robert -  November 5, 2010 - 5:36 am

    I supervised a group of 6th graders one day during a free play period. I told them to play, they asked, “What are we going to play?” I told them just to play, they had never just played before. So I would assume that blumf would be this type activity, do what the moment inspires you to do.

  58. Gerry G -  November 5, 2010 - 5:13 am

    Bob’s almost right…It’s when Pete is water skiing and he hits the water with his butt, blumf, then gets up and hits the water again, blumf blumf blumf blumf blumf, and so on and so forth…

    Anyway, where’s the remote…

  59. AriesSpirit -  November 5, 2010 - 4:49 am

    ‘Blumf’ means gumph with a lot of fluff.

  60. Judy -  November 5, 2010 - 4:48 am

    I think ‘blumf’ means the sound it represents when you wipe your running nose. This happens when you’ve been playing so much sport that long after your feet stop running your nose hasn’t received the message yet.

  61. Eduard -  November 5, 2010 - 4:32 am

    In the quotation you write ‘blumf’ then you ask what ‘blumpf’ means.
    Ergo ‘Blumpf’ is ‘blumf’ with a spelling error in it.

  62. baiter -  November 5, 2010 - 3:56 am

    blumf means smelling someone you adore in your heart

  63. Courtenay -  November 5, 2010 - 3:42 am

    I would guess it’s a placeholder, but who knows with Dr Seuss… it certainly sounds fun!! I like Janet Rossetti’s and Mark Lagunzad’s interpretations. Jimob – whangdoodle (correct spelling) is a Roald Dahl-ism (originally from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). And Felicity Hunter – don’t worry, I’ve always loved Dr Seuss too and don’t mind admitting it at more than twice 13!!

  64. Jack -  November 4, 2010 - 11:16 pm

    It’s the sound which you make when jumping through puddles,
    when the stomping and splishing and splashing all muddles,
    Each blumf is a game in itself you could say,
    so pop on your boots and start blumfing today!

  65. kitty -  November 4, 2010 - 11:15 pm

    that is what it means. jk i dunno. but that would b so cool if i was right. :)

  66. ms.karma -  November 4, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    blumf blumf!
    blumf blumf blumf!

    oh,i guess blumf is an onomatopoeia. just like buzz, bang, boom, etc.

    sproing! :P

  67. bob -  November 4, 2010 - 8:33 pm

    very smart man…


  68. bob -  November 4, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    i agree i also think hes right

  69. bob -  November 4, 2010 - 8:32 pm


  70. bob -  November 4, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    its probably him/her attempting to talk after falling into the water when he/she was water
    ski-ing… duuuh!

  71. Ferret -  November 4, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    It is logical to assume Dr. Seuss used “blumf” as a placeholder. Either that, or Pete was very enthusiastic about “blumf”-ing.

    The picture associated with the text may provide some insight as well, as many people have said.

  72. Berry Pride -  November 4, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    I think it is like “blah blah blah” since the character is rambling on and on about what he/she could play. I also think Rossetti’s response is very creative.

  73. Note, Cliff -  November 4, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    sorry, my computer was acting up

  74. Note, Cliff -  November 4, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    Blumf=placeholder. The good doctor’s “new book” is actually an old manuscript, and manuscripts are manuscripts because they are not done, so blumf is a placeholder

  75. Note, Cliff -  November 4, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    Blumf=placeholder. As cliff states above, it does not go with the flow of the book. Because the good doctor’s “new book” is a manuscript, it was not finished and so “blumf” was used to fill in the blanks until he could think of suitable sports to put there. The good doctor’s main goal in every book was to entertain the reader with a whole book that rhymes, which makes listing things like sports hard, because most don’t.

  76. mogano -  November 4, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    To me it sounds like the character was getting punched in the face…..but that’s just me.

  77. Austin Kuhn -  November 4, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    I feel that ot might have been made clear with an illustration! Some definitions of these words WERE from the illustrations! perhaps “whumping” is a sport he was going to invent and elaborate on.

  78. poopkjv -  November 4, 2010 - 6:54 pm

    im realy excited but when they find it its gonna be so cool and funny and BLUMFY

  79. poopkjv -  November 4, 2010 - 6:51 pm

    i like chicken but blumf is defiently a action when he falls

  80. Hana -  November 4, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    WOW. This is the first time ive heard of it!!!
    ummm i guess ‘blumf’ could be a mixture of sports put together…
    but if i were to hear that word without reading the passage above i would’ve probably thought that this “word” is a word just to replace some other word….but then again…im not that smart.

  81. Felicity Hunter -  November 4, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    wow! i alwaysed loved Dr.Seuss’s books (my favorate being “green eggs & ham”) and i’m not afriad, at 13, to admit it! who knew you could pull so many wierd words out of his books! :) ;)

  82. BUTTER -  November 4, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    @Brookle LOLXZ WOWZ THTS FUNNI!!!!

  83. Linda -  November 4, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    As I LOVE his Seussisms. They are as dynamic as the day and may reflect our corresponding feelings. Blumf’ could be short for :: Bashfully Lumbering Off or Blues Moves Forever……

  84. Yoyo -  November 4, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    i think it sounds like in a cartoon, when someone lands smack on their butt :D

  85. omg -  November 4, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    omg, its not a place holder,or abdonin burst, its so has to something with either whales, an imaginary figure or a weird name for some type of food…

    what do u think? ( vote )

    a- something to do with whales
    b- an imaginary figure (alien, character…)
    c- a weird name for some type of food
    d- none of the above (put ur own answer)

  86. Mandisa Griffith-Davis -  November 4, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    great author so great book don’t even have to read it lol

  87. Jessica Pike -  November 4, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    I agree with Reuben. The character is doing something so that it’s words are rendered un-understandable.

  88. Ben -  November 4, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    It seems to me that “Blumpf” is a sound effect word. “Fell downstairs with a Blumpf!
    Or getting hit with something big.

  89. Gandalf -  November 4, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    Place holder. Don’t argue with a wizard.

  90. Jimob -  November 4, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind
    -Dr. Seuss

  91. Jimob -  November 4, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    my favorite Seussian word is probably wangdoodle

  92. ThatOneGuy -  November 4, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    @Janet Rossetti

    You’re the winning-est winner of all (which also happens to be a Seussism!)

  93. Jimob -  November 4, 2010 - 4:28 pm

    i think Blumf is something like racket ball except instea of a racked you use some sourt of handheld trampoline with an air gun behind it to make a really awsome noise that sounds like Blumf. i also think the walls of the court are painted bright colors and are possibly tye-dyed

  94. Mark Lagunzad -  November 4, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    1. Blumf is a fake bunt attempt where the batter squares for a bunt but quickly draws back and takes a swing. Possibly a combination of the word bluff, bump and bunt.

    2. Blumf it’s an individual sport where a blumfer named Blumf E. Blumf blumfs you the blumf. The game ends when you score the most blumfs before the blumf keeper runs out or you score enough blumfs that Mr. Blumf gets tired and declares you the winner.

  95. jw -  November 4, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    The way it’s used, it must be a pogo stick. A pogo stick hop could go “blumf” many times in a row, or maybe just once if you’re not that good at it. Wouldn’t think that pogo- sticking is a sport though. (:

  96. Ashton McIver -  November 4, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    Its obviously a Mortal Kombat refrence such as BLUMFALITY or BLUMFSHIP or BLUMFISH HIM

  97. Cliff Anderson -  November 4, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    I would lean toward the argument that it’s a placeholder. I don’t know all of Seuss’s literary tricks but his use of ‘blumf’ here doesn’t seem to resonate with how he would use a Seussism in context. He was rhyming along nicely and then a whole lotta ‘blumf’ occurs. Also, the fact that it is an unfinished draft makes ‘blumf’ even more plausible as a placeholder.

  98. Janet Rossetti -  November 4, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    BLUMF !

    This is the sound of a blow to the abdomen… of course.

    It’s a belch, a burp , an oomph ,and a blow !
    …delivered right to your middle
    unexpected you know !

    Not a singular smack,
    or a jab or a punch…
    but a combo of noises
    Exclaimed all in a BUNCH.

  99. KariM -  November 4, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    I’m not going to hazard a guess, but I do want to know if roller derby is mentioned in this new Seuss book!

  100. Brookle -  November 4, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    Blumpf is a silly word :) lol…..i think it means to butt bounce..yup…perdy sure im right :D

  101. Cyberquill -  November 4, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    Never having read Seuss, I can’t list my favorite Seussian words, but I’ll put my money on the lorem ipsum hypthesis of “blumpf.”

    Diming words is fun, saves trips to the dictionary or thesaurus, and keeps languages alive.

  102. Zeofar -  November 4, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    Yes, it is quite clearly a placeholder, in my mind.

  103. Kuetarraa -  November 4, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    ‘blumf’ could be the sound that is made when a certain action/game is made/played….possibly diving! :)

  104. Reuben -  November 4, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    I think if this manuscript had been illustrated, it would have shown the main character falling into the water after water skiing, therefore rendering his speech inaudible.

  105. Bwahaha -  November 4, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    Definitely a placeholder.

  106. asgsdg -  November 4, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    blumf is a random crap-word

  107. Nathan Hunter -  November 4, 2010 - 3:17 pm

    I don’t know what blumf means. It’s not on your website. That along with bofa and chimbly.


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