Do you realise that bufapopo doesn’t get a single google hit? Its outrageous. Badger would be appalled.

[Seems pretty clear that youre not going to get it, so I’ll have to tell you. Read on…]

[Yes, the answer is “bearing an unsympathetic facial aspect in the presence of a police officer”; catch-all crime used by Chief Constable Badger Courage of If… fame. I’m ashamed of you all -W]


  1. #1 Naadir Jeewa

    The what?

  2. #2 Hank Roberts

    Someone :-) will post the definition to Wikipedia, I trust.

    As I understand it, the word means “self-negating observation.”

    Kind of like what happens when a boojum looks in a mirror.

  3. #3 HP

    Isn’t Bufapopo the genus designation of the Harlequin Toad?

  4. #4 HP

    Well, that’s what I get for trying to make a lame taxonomy joke on a science blog. (I was going for a bad pun on the italian buffo and Popo the Clown.) There really are harlequin toads.

    Next time I’ll google before hitting Post.

  5. #5 Hank Roberts

    Hey, wasn’t I right? Just by happenstance, I admit, but isn’t making faces at an arresting officer a sure way to lose face fast?

    [Perhaps a bit too cryptic to count -W]

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