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Note 239 – The word ‘Humbug’ and the term ‘Bah Humbug’


It’s Christmas Day and I want to spend time with my family, but staying true to my writing challenge, I will still provide a blog for you today – but it will be a short one.  I thought I would find out a little bit about the term Bah Humbug.  This is the character Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous catchphrase in Charles Dickens A Christmas carol, as mentioned on Wikipedia.  Scrooge’s meaning of this was to declare Christmas a fraud.

Wikipedia define the word humbug as an old term meaning ‘hoax‘ or ‘jest’.  When used as an exclamation is can also mean ‘nonsense’, but when used as a noun it means an ‘imposter’.  The word was apparently used as student slang as far back as 1791. Humbug is also a type of candy according to Wikipedia.

A recent and related story about the phrase Bah Humbug is on Daily Mail online, where a poor postman was stripped of his santa suit by the U.S. Postal Service for not following the dress code.  He’d been dressing up for years as well.  Enjoy!

Have a great day everyone.

Until tomorrow…

Sandra
Freelance Writer
www.sandramadeira.com

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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Please let me know what you think of my blog - constructive comments welcome. Have a great day Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com

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2 thoughts on “Note 239 – The word ‘Humbug’ and the term ‘Bah Humbug’

  1. Thanks for that link hon….I feels short story coming on 😉

    xx

    Posted by Vikki | December 26, 2011, 5:08 pm
  2. Thanks Vikki – sounds interesting… 🙂

    Posted by Sandra Madeira | December 26, 2011, 6:20 pm

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