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rodney mullen
12-21-2005, 09:35 AM
is it german for "christmas sucks" or something?

0r4ng3
12-21-2005, 01:42 PM
I've wondered this myself. All I know is that a humbug is some kind of candy, or pastry. I don't know, I think it's edible.

Mentally_Challenged
12-21-2005, 01:44 PM
A humbug is a black and white sweet with a chewy bit in the middle. They're rather nice actually.

WebDudette
12-21-2005, 01:45 PM
I think it's just a saying.

Yatesy
12-21-2005, 01:47 PM
Humbug is a minty sweet with a toffee centre. The saying Bah-Humbug is just a way of expressing dis-taste towards Christmas.

Sowhat
12-21-2005, 09:10 PM
While it is usually used as a synonym for balderdash, poppycock, rubbish, and nonsense its earlier sense carried a connotation of a more purposeful kind of nonsense, an attempt to deceive.

This word likely comes from common usage among students in the mid 1700s. The original meaning was a hoax, trick or deceit. It is also possible to "humbug" someone or to "trick" them, so originally the same word was useful as both a noun and a verb.

In the famous usage by the Dickens character, Ebenezer Scrooge, he probably mixed the modern connotation with the older meaning - intimating that as far as Ebenezer was concerned, Christmas was at once nonsense AND trickery. This can be seen in his reply to his nephew on the occasion of his nephew trickily tripping him up in his own illogic. This view of Dickens' usage is reinforced by Scrooge calling Christmas "a humbug". It is incorrect usage to say Christmas is "a nonsense".

Source: http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/11131

mrconeman
12-21-2005, 09:11 PM
Humbug is a minty sweet with a toffee centre. The saying Bah-Humbug is just a way of expressing dis-taste towards Christmas.
Not really towards Christmas, just anything really.

All About Eve
12-21-2005, 09:56 PM
Christmas a humbug? Nonsense, uncle Scrooge!

Zack
12-21-2005, 10:12 PM
I think it means that you are trying to tell someone to shut up or somethin

ninthlayer
12-21-2005, 10:22 PM
Read the damn thread before you post, fool.