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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hum’bug.
 
A correspondent in Notes and Queries (March 5th, 1892) suggests as the fons et orgo of this word the Italian Uomo bugiardo, a lying man.   1
   To hum used to signify “to applaud,” “to pretend admiration,” hence “to flatter,” “to cajole for an end,” “to deceive.”   2
       
“He threatened, but behold! ‘twas all a hum.”
       
Peter Pindar, i. 436.
        “‘Gentlemen, this humming [expression of applause] is not at all becoming the gravity of this court.”—State Trials (1660).
 


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