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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 16 09:06:44 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
>> And here I thought the normal cover was "She's a BADm at th@..."

Surely, you jest! ;-)

Toward The End of The War, _hubba-hubba_ for a while, was everywhere:
movies, the funnies, comic books, etc., etc. I was still a child, back
in those days, but I had the impression that "hubba-hubba' was no
bigger a deal than the wolf-whistle and much less of a deal than
"mashing," even though this, too, was referenced - but never
portrayed; I can recall Daisy Duck gazing into a shopwindow, then
suddenly turning, shouting "MASHER!!", and smacking a passing man over
his head with her umbrella, but, to this day, I'm not really sure what
it was that a "masher" did to women (copped a feel?)  - even in
Disney's comics.

IIRC, even today, there's a storefront of some kind with the name,
Hubba-Hubba, on Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
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