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A.Word.A.Day--hubba-hubba

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hubba-hubba (HUB-uh HUB-uh) interjection

Used to express approval, enthusiasm, or excitement. Also, akin to wolf whistle.

[Of unknown origin.]

"On Erin Wheeler's first Valentine's Day with her then fiancee, she received a card featuring a hippo in a tutu on front and a 'Hubba, hubba,' written inside. Enough said." Annie Pierce; Love American-Style: The Female Take; Columbian (Vancouver, Washington); Feb 12, 1999.

"I also received a few messages of the hubba-hubba variety from my female readers, which were greatly appreciated." Robert X Cringely; IE Nixed, Mozilla Fixed; Infoworld (San Francisco, California); Jul 30, 2004.

This week's theme: slang.

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Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish. -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

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