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Old 01-17-2010, 06:11 PM
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I found this very interesting about "Humbug".

I found this little tid bit on IMDb.com about what "humbug" meant. I never quite knew exactly what it meant, but I came across this article on the website. I don't know if any of you knew it's true meaning or not, so here it is.

The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them.
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Hence, the phrase, “You’re humbuggin’ me!” - http://www.eddyclearwater.com/audio/...%20(range).mp3
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I found this little tid bit on IMDb.com about what "humbug" meant. I never quite knew exactly what it meant, but I came across this article on the website. I don't know if any of you knew it's true meaning or not, so here it is.

The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them.
Wow that's great insight. 99.99% of people had no clue I'm sure.
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Never took the time to think about what humbug meant, even though I have watched the movie countless times.

In light of the the treatment by his father when he was a boy, it is understandable he would grow up not wanting to trust anyone again.
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I never knew this. Very interesting!
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I kinda figured that out through context... when Toto pulls back the curtain in The Wizerd Of Oz and Dorothy calls the wizard a "humbug"... and he reluctantly agrees...
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interesting! thanks for the definition!
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I'd like to say that I knew this, but I don't believe I did. Quite an interesting meaning! It makes so much sense! Good post.
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I kinda figured that out through context... when Toto pulls back the curtain in The Wizerd Of Oz and Dorothy calls the wizard a "humbug"... and he reluctantly agrees...

I didn't realize she said that, of course it has been many years since I have seen The Wizard of Oz.
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Very cool to know the definition, had a few ideas but nice to put it all together, thanks for posting.
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