Hubba-hubba [Was: Aw, naw he di?n'!]

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 15 16:37:29 UTC 2010

Not a definitive point, but ...
The Jacobite Relics of Scotland; Being the Songs, Airs, and Legends, of
the Adherents of the House of Stuart. Collected by James Hogg.
Edinburgh: 1819
Appendix, Part II. Whig Songs. On Her Majesty's Coronation. p. 417
> "Hubba hubba boo!" quoth the Irish dear joy,
> "You must not by fighting our triumphs annoy ;
> "For if you should cut a man in three or four halves,
> "By my shoul, you'll ne'er cure him by balsam nor salves.

The only other hit is from 1936 Fisherman's Handbook, vol. 3:
"Hubba-Hubba spinner". If nothing else, it certainly confirms the 1930s
(although no snippet appears in GB to match the text of the preview).


On 11/15/2010 8:35 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> And here I thought the normal cover was "She's a BADm at th@..."
> On a different note, do the usual databases cover "Hubba-hubba!"? And
> has its meaning evolved over the years?
> I have a 1934 cartoon that uses the expression quite innocuously.
>     VS-)
> On 11/14/2010 3:33 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> A white male character in a commercial says,
>> "She's a  _bad momma-jomma_!"
>> I don't know for certain how old the expression _bad momma-jomma_ is -
>> perhaps it goes back to the Roaring 'Twenties - but, whatever, it has
>> never ceased to be a cover for
>> "bad motherfucker!"
>> Well, all that I can say is,
>> "Keep on keepin' on tappin' that ass!"
>> --
>> -Wilson

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