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December 21, 2011
If you're thinking why are we talking about Christmas this early, you already qualify.
Since today, according to wellcat.com, the creators of Humbug Day, "allows everyone preparing for Christmas (can apply equally to Chanukah; what, latkes again?”) to vent their frustrations."
Once vented, presumably we will act like human beings when the holiday actually rolls around.
If it ever does.
“And the traffic, I tell you.”
“Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age,” as Alfred Nobel put it, so you know it’s out there.
The term was first described in 1751 as student slang and it was called "a word very much in vogue with the people of taste and fashion."
Classier to use than say, hogwash.
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.
Of course, in modern usage, the word is most associated with Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge and his famous reference about Christmas:
A classic case of someone who badly needed a Humbug Day was a Texas music teacher who told first-graders just this month there’s no Santa Claus.
And that parents really buy the gifts.
Well, the parents raised such a fuss the Richardson School District issued a pro-Santa statement.
Even if you were in a good mood today, that little item alone should get your blood boiling and help you get a few things off your chest about the holiday season.
It's good for you.