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

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 15 16:44:55 UTC 2010

Just as a point of reference, compare to the contemporary usage:

"In Saawariya, it was definitely the minute his towel dropped - hubba
"When you think of Ricky Martin, you probably think, "hubba, hubba!" The
former boy-band hunk of singing love is no longer just a pretty face and
vibrating glutes, he's also a deep and thoughtful author of a new
"Now that I'm a bit older, I wish that Halloween came more often because
it means girls wear less clothing, there's lots of candy and because The
Office totally knows how to do a Halloween episode. Angela in a nurse
costume? Hubba hubba."

Enough said.

In the cartoon setting I mentioned earlier, it was an excited utterance
(followed by "N'yang-n'yang-n'yang-n'yang!"), but it had no sexual


On 11/15/2010 9:37 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> 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).

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