Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Mon Aug 24 08:53:11 UTC 2009

A subscriber posed a question for the Q and A section of my World Wide
Words newsletter which began, "Recently I received an invitation to attend
a cigar herf." He had never come across the word. Neither had I, so his
question both introduced me to a new word and left me floundering. It's
easy to discover its meaning. One Web site defines it: "A lively gathering
of cigar-smoking comrades who meet in a restaurant, club, cigar store or
home to share their appreciation of fine cigars." "Herf" seems well
established, but where the devil does it come from? Any ideas, anyone?

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
E-mail: wordseditor at worldwidewords.org
Web: http://www.worldwidewords.org

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