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    What does bummer mean?

    Hello teachers

    I made an appointment with a friend. But because I had something to do, I changed the time we had made. Then he said "Bummer "to me. Could you please tell me what "Bummer " means here? Thanks!

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12345 View Post
    Hello teachers

    I made an appointment with a friend. But because I had something to do, I changed the time we had made. Then he said "Bummer "to me. Could you please tell me what "Bummer " means here? Thanks!
    Have you checked a dictionary? It can be an expression of disappointment.

    See here: bummer - definition of bummer by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    Thank you! I have checked it. I just get confused if the person was angry with me or not when he said bummer to me

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    I doubt they were angry, just disappointed. It means "What a shame" or "What a pity" or "I'm disappointed".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    I agree completely about this use, but wanted to add that it can also be used to mean "that must be disappointing for you" instead of "I am disappointed for myself." (That is not the case here, but if you tell someone something that is a disappointment, "Oh, dude... bummer!" is an expression of sympathy.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    Is "bummer" a common word? I've never heard or seen it. I just wonder whether you say it or not.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Is "bummer" a common word? I've never heard or seen it. I just wonder whether you say it or not.
    In AmE, the younger one is, the more common is the use. But it is not rare because it became common in the 1960s.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    I'm not that young, but it's part of my daily vocabulary.
    It must be all the disappointments in my life.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    I use it too, though usually as part of "What a bummer" or "It's/It was such a bummer" rather than just the single word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does bummer mean?

    I use it sparingly- I must be lucky.

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