Over the 19+ years we’ve been selling custom stickers and labels on-line at Websticker.com we’ve always wondered about people using the term “bumber sticker” instead of “bumper sticker”. At first we thought it was just a typo but soon it became obvious that many people intentionally use the term “bumber sticker” when referring to bumper stickers. To them, I gather, a bumper sticker is actually a bumber sticker. Who are these people? And where did they pick up the term? Does it originate from a certain section of the country? Where? A certain nationality? I want to track down and get to the bottom of the bumber sticker slang.
I just did some quick, imprecise research on Google and determined between 2- 3% of searchers use the term “bumber sticker” when searching for “bumper stickers”. 3% is not an insignificant number of people. In December almost 23,000 searches were done for “bumber stickers”. Web sites use the term as well (and I don’t think it’s just because of searchers). The search for “bumber sticker” (done in quotes for exact matches) returns 54,900 results. (note: these results are from 2009)
If you are a bumber sticker person (or know one) I want to hear from you. Let’s track down the history of this term as best we can and I’ll share the results. Has anyone already done this? I wonder if it could be tracked back to one person who heard the term wrong and passed it on? Or maybe there was a company at some point that created “bumber stickers” to differentiate themselves. Where are they now? Anyone who knows anything please let me know. In the mean time, Websticker.com will continue to sell custom bumber stickers as well as custom bumper stickers.