from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fussy official pomposity: a sarcastic term applied especially to members of petty corporations, as vestries in England, and implying pretentious inefficiency.


From Mr. Bumble, a character in Oliver Twist + -dom. (Wiktionary)



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  • How smug can be the stumblebum!
    Incompetence might humble some,
    But some get elected,
    Become well-connected,
    And dominate our bumbledom.

    Cf. noodledom

    October 28, 2015

  • This means stupidity, it comes from Oliver Twist.

    August 3, 2008