Friday, December 25, 2009
humbug \ˈhəm-ˌbəg\ noun: 1. something designed to deceive and mislead, 2. a willfully false, deceptive or insincere person, 3. an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception, 4. nonsense; drivel
Etymology: hum delude, impose, cajole + bug specter, goblin
This etymology really delivers the goods. What more could you want?