3 January 2018

Today’s Wednesday Word is humbug.

In the days before Christmas, I chose to read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Bedtime Story Time.  And just so you know, in case you haven’t read the book and were wondering, Ebenezer Scrooge really does exclaim “Bah! Humbug!”  among the pages.  Actually, he says it several times.

But what exactly is humbug?  According to Merriam-Webster, it is “something designed to deceive or mislead;”

Example:  Botox.  (Mine, not Merriam-Webster’s)

“a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person.”

Example:  Anyone who claims they’ve aged naturally, but secretly receives Botox injections.  (Again, my example.)

So, in context, when Scrooge is wished a Merry Christmas by his light-hearted nephew, his reply is humbug, meaning a) the holiday itself is a fraud, b) the idea of  having a MERRY Christmas is a deception, c) the nephew is being disingenuous, or d) all three.

I really don’t have to wonder what Scrooge would think of our modern take on Christmas, he really would exclaim Humbug!

Now you know.

By the way, I really don’t have anything against Botox or its users, but a seventy-year old without wrinkles just isn’t natural and we all know it!

One thought on “3 January 2018

  1. kylienorman says:

    I never knew the many and various definitions of “humbug” until now – thank you! Fascinating to learn that Scrooge’s little outburst operates on so many levels!


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