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Scrooge says 'Bah! Humbug!'? What is humbug?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern


For Scrooge (and Scrooge McDuck!) Christmas is 'humbug' -  a fraudulent commercial trick aimed at 'picking a man's pocket'. And this was at a time when the Christmas shopping season began late Christmas Eve!

In general English 'humbug' describes insincere or hypocritical speech - Scrooge accuses all around him of only pretending to be interested in the plight of the poor. For British readers there is also a countable noun that makes dentists cry, 'Bah! Humbug! - all the way to the bank. This humbug is a striped candy/sweet . 


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