Oh, the nostalgia for my British school days. "Bumming" was a familiar term bandied about, and while it ultimately referred to a particular gender demographic, the visual, us being kids, was little more than one curved or bent over human being, close against the front of a similarly positioned person behind them, such as parachuting in tandem (without the harness), how you perform the medical emergency Heimlich Manouevre(sp?), or how tv/film portrays the spooning position. I would assume that the way the superhero, The Tick, is allowed to have "Spoon" as his catchphrase, that spooning has no negative connotations in the States. I'm not arguing bummings pros and cons; just that for my school population, it was more synonymous with what I assume spooning is, than the aggravated thingy in the ass going on up the page.