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This week we told you about a trio of teens that was arrested for driving around Battle Ground, Wash. shooting cats with a .22 caliber


Comment of the Week: Battle Ground "Bunners"

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This week we told you about a trio of teens that was arrested for driving around Battle Ground, Wash. shooting cats with a .22 caliber rifle. One of the teens has now admitted to shooting some 50 cats.

This story brought the expected comments of animal lovers justifiably outraged at the death of the cats. It also brought us a word that, until this week, we had no idea existed.


The comment section of the story is filled with people being furious at or defending "Bunners." Some of the comments are actually pretty mean, and possibly racist, so we won't repeat them here.

But what's a Bunner?

One of our interns here assures us that the term is not by definition a slur, but more of a common colloquialism that's used to describe certain members of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. He also says the word came from the groups' women, who often wear their hair in buns.

Urban Dictionary specifically mentions Battle Ground, Wash., in its definition of the term.

A hardcore member of the Apostolic Lutheran church. Generally can be seen dressed in hunter's camouflage, dirty/damaged jeans, Carhartt jackets, etc. The males tend to drive Jeep Cherokees, Toyota or Nissan pickups, and sometimes if they're lucky, daddy's work truck which is usually a full size Chevrolet or Ford the vehicles are sometimes lifted, poorly, and are always muddy. The females tend to drive small cars such as Honda Civics, Volkswagen Jettas, Saturns, etc. The families drive vans seeing as most families have about a dozen kids.

Bunners are banned from doing many things by their churches. They can't watch TV, use computers, drink, sue or anything else deemed "bad." The only bad thing they can do is use tobacco products. And let me tell you, they use them extensivly [sic]. All bunners smoke and/or chew. It just what they do. It's not uncommon to see large amounts of chewing tobacco sitting in a water fountain, toilet or sink in a heavily bunner-populated area.

Since they can't watch TV or play video games or even use the internet, bunners have to find other forms of entertainment. Some examples are: muddin', huntin', shootin', spittin', chewin', fightin', smokin' and just being dicks to non-bunners.

In some areas such as the Battle Ground area in Washington, bunners are very prevelent [sic]. In school, it is not uncommon to have more than one bunner from the same family in the same class. If you take higher-level classes, you are less likely to come across bunners, which leads me to my next point. Bunners are not very intelligent and most don't plan on attending college which means they must work in trades such as construction. Almost all bunner families have some kind of company associated with them and almost all the bunners from those families work in said companies. Some examples of companies are: Tapani Underground and Nutter.

Clide: Hey dude, look at all this chew clogging this sink.

Roy: Didn't you see that bunner walk out just now?

Clide: Oh, that would explain it.

We're not sure about all that.

But it's good to know that the world still has slang words for groups of people that not everyone knows.

So, anyone got any good Bunner tales?

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