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Aug 29, 2017
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gung ho
ho-hum
humbug
bugbear
bear leader

Ho-Hum Motel
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ho-hum

PRONUNCIATION:
(HO-huhm)

MEANING:
interjection: An expression of boredom, indifference, or resignation.
adjective: Boring; dull; routine.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1924.

USAGE:
“Elevate your summer salads from ho-hum to sublime with the addition of torn fresh basil, mint, or cilantro.”
Welcome Summer Tastes with Different Fresh Herbs; The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colorado); May 24, 2017.

See more usage examples of ho-hum in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John Locke, philosopher (29 Aug 1632-1704)

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