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humbug

[Atlantic; OED, "a slang or cant word that came into vogue c. 1750...the facts as to its origin appear to have been lost...´a hoax; an imposition" obs. → 1799; "cf. US bug to bother, annoy...cf. Mandingo baga to offend, annoy, harm (someone) and Wolof bugal to annoy, worry" (Dalby 1972:178)] v. to annoy: 1918 If you humbug me, I'll bet you I'll take my tail an' slap you right ashore! (Parsons 76). I got one teeth in my mouth now what humbugging me when I go to eat anything (Ragged). (Gen.)

-n. a bother: 1929 It woulda mean a "humbug" (a native word for bother) with babies (Defries 98). (Gen.)

Tags: noun, verb

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Last update: 2011-02-20 16:27
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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