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    I have seen and heard this expression many times, (bummer)is it similar to what a pity! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evelio View Post
    I have seen and heard this expression many times, (bummer)is it similar to what a pity! Thanks.

    Similar, yes, but not necessarily interchangeable.

    Bummer is much more casual.

    If your neighbour's dog died, you'd say, "What a pity, he was such a nice dog." Saying bummer in that instance is too casual.

    If you had tickets to a game, but it rained and the game was cancelled, then a friend saying "That's a bummer" is very appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evelio View Post
    I have seen and heard this expression many times, (bummer)is it similar to what a pity! Thanks.
    In what context did you hear it?

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    It CAN mean pity, but usually means "That's awful!" , "That's a no-win situation" or "Too bad!"'

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    Default Re: bummer!

    It comes from the 1960s. A bummer was a bad LSD trip. The meaning expanded to encompass a variety of misfortunes - just as meaning of trip expanded to encompass a variety of strange or crazy situations.

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