Thursday, December 24, 2009


The definition of the word humbug is interesting.

Merriam-Webster gives these definitions:

1 a : something designed to deceive and mislead b : a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person

2 : an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception

3 : nonsense, drivel
Wikipedia says this of the word:
Humbug is an old term meaning hoax or jest. While the term was first described in 1751 as student slang, its etymology is unknown. Its present meaning as an exclamation is closer to 'nonsense' or 'gibberish', while as a noun, a humbug refers to a fraud or impostor, implying an element of unjustified publicity and spectacle.
Humbug seems to be the perfect word for atheists at Christmastime. Jesus being born a virgin birth. Humbug! Jesus is the son of God. Humbug!

Reason’s Greetings is an OK replacement for Season’s Greetings. However, I would like to propose Happy Humbug and Happy Hoax as replacements for Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Spread it around, and make Bill O’Reilly even more hopping mad about his imaginary war.

Happy Humbug, everyone! (Especially you, Bill!)

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