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Aug 30, 2017
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gung ho
ho-hum
humbug
bugbear
bear leader

Humbug Mountain State Park
Humbug Mountain State Park

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humbug

PRONUNCIATION:
(HUHM-buhg)

MEANING:
noun:1. Nonsense; pretense; deception.
 2. An impostor or fraud.
 3. A kind of hard mint-flavored candy (British).
adjective:Deceptive.
verb tr., intr.:To deceive or hoax.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1750.

USAGE:
“It is difficult to judge whether the hard talk by either side is humbug or an intractable position.”
Neither Side Will Win if Britain Exits the Single Aviation Market; The Economist (London, UK); Mar 22, 2017.

See more usage examples of humbug in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)

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