One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express grumpy dislike of something generally regarded as enjoyable, in particular Christmas.‘Christmas is looming. Bah humbug!’‘Bah humbug to him. In some places Christmas is still a magical time of year’
- ‘We really like the Christmas cards, with simple playful messages that will raise a smile on even the most "bah, humbug" of faces.’
- ‘Tacky winter wonderlands, lame Father Christmases and try-hard TV ads; bah, humbug, indeed.’
- ‘In a world where taking someone out to a movie can get expensive, the whole idea makes a skinflint want to say, "Bah, humbug!"’
- ‘Whether it's crafty gift ideas or online bargains, there are plenty of ways to cut back on costs without feeling all bah, humbug.’
- ‘I say bah humbug to you people who condemn them building it.’
- ‘Sentimentalists will moan that the TV has replaced the traditional fireplace as the focus of family attention over the holidays, but we say bah, humbug to that.’
- ‘With most people trying to tighten their belts, the cost of everything can leave you feeling a bit bah, humbug before you've even seen your first baubles.’
- ‘I hate to come across as bah, humbug, but I don't find her funny, either.’
- ‘It was almost a "bah, humbug" moment when a group of Christmas carolers were turned away by police at the station this week.’
- ‘If they stop giving aid to countries that neither need it nor want it, you and I won't have to fork out our hard earned cash bah, humbug!’
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