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I've taken this pic in the train (oedo-line, Tokyo) a few days ago.

What do they really mean by "BUM" ?
 

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Is that only used in British English ? Bum is either a familiar word for "bottom/buttocks" or it means "tramp/homeless". In slang it also means someone who just idle around or doesn't like working.
 
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bum in british terms is bottom
americans use the word bum for homeless people.
i'm curious to know what the japanese writing says
 

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kind of hard to read them letters in small print....seems like an advertisement for something....
 

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I'll translate : "fuyou baiku hikitori kaitori ippan ?ri"

=> "takes over or purchase all bikes that are not needed anymore" + phone number

That's probably just some Japanese initial for the company name ("B" surely stands for bike). I guess it's not a bum who want to start biking because they have too muvh free time :D
 

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nah we use bum to mean bottom too. we also use it as a verb meaning to have or to borrow things you usually cant give back. eg "can i bum a cigarette?"
 
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