ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: humbug

humbug (hŭm′bŭg′) noun
1. Something designed to deceive or mislead; hoax; fraud.
2. A person who passes him/herself off as something that he/she is not; an imposter.
3. An attitude of pretense or deception.
4. Nonsense; drivel.

As a verb, it means to deceive or trick.

Etymology:  Became popular in the early 1750s, but no one seems to know how the word started.

Also the title of my favorite episode of The X-Files.
Tags: h, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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