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 Bumptious.Bunch of Fives. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bun.
 
A small cake. (Irish, boinneog, Scotch, bannock.)   1
   In regard to “hot cross buns” on Good Friday, it may be stated that the Greeks offered to Apollo, Diana, Hecate, and the Moon, cakes with “horns.” Such a cake was called a bous, and (it is said) never grew mouldy. The “cross” symbolised the four quarters of the moon.   2
       
“Good Friday comes this month: the old woman runs
With one a penny, two a penny ‘hot cross buns,’
Whose virtue is, if you believe what’s said,
They’ll not grow mouldy like the common bread.”
       
Poor Robin: Almanack, 1733.
 


 Bumptious.Bunch of Fives. 

 
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