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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Thing To Do Today: hobnob.

Why be alone when there are people all over the place longing for a good hobnob?

Hobnob is a word I haven't heard for a long time, but it would be dreadful if it died out. It means to hang around [with someone] for some purpose or other. Mind you, the purpose may only be a good gossip or a good drink.

As if that wasn't enough to bring the word hobnob to everyone's lips, a Hobnob is a very excellent brand of biscuit, small, crunchy and buttery:

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Photo by Sargant.

The question would you like a Hobnob? is possibly the most endearing in the English language, and it makes the forming of a life-long friendship almost certain.

Why not have a good hobnob today.

Thing To Do Today: hobnob. This word appeared in the 1700s. It came from the expression hob or nob, which meant to take turns to drink to each other, and so to be friends. It comes originally from the Old English words habban to have and nabban not to have.


1 comment:

  1. Ooh! Could just fancy a Hobnob but am trying to avoid such things!

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