What’s the Origin of “Bah! Humbug!”?

Well, December was fun, and now that school’s out, we can finally give ourselves some time to relax (kind of, and by the way have good luck with the research essay) while we let the festive atmosphere set in. That is, if you’re not this sort of person:Image result for bah humbug meme

A classic Christmas story by legendary writer Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, is one of the most well known festive novels/stories ever. Taking place in Nineteenth-century England,  old miser Ebeneezer(or Ebenezer) Scrooge learns from a bunch of ghosts, everything there is to know about Christmas, and being nice. What a heartwarming tale! If there is one thing people recognize about Ebeneezer Scrooge is his famous catchphrase, “Bah! Humbug!” So what exactly does this mean? Well, here you go, the origins of “Bah! Humbug!” for all you Christmas-haters.

Let’s start of with the meaning of humbug, which in this instance, according to the Oxford dictionary, means, “deceptive or false talk or behaviour”, and that is exactly what Scrooge means when he openly spouts remarks about the season. Humbugs are also a type of English mint-flavoured candy, and they taste like mint. Scrooge probably hates those too. Anyways, back to the other type of humbug! Scrooge, before he smartens up, refers to Christmas as the aforementioned, “false talk or behaviour”, therefore making Christmas an unnecessary false holiday. The “Bah” component is a phrase used to express disdain, or contempt according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. I know that schools out and all, but here is a bit of fake math (Augh! It burns! Not the evil math! Nooo…!) Bah+Humbug= disdain for a deceptively false occasion called Christmas.

So there you go, a little bit of absolutely useless trivia about a simple phrase, for kids from one to ninety-two. Enjoy yourself this season, and remember, there’s no place like home or the holidays, no matter how far away you roam!


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