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Harrumph!!! Harrumph!!!

Postby eberntson » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:53 am

Anyone know the history of this word? I can't get to an OED for a few days so could someone help me?

The most famous use of the word recently is in the movie "Blazing Saddles", see below. I believe it appears in in "Winnie the Pooh".

GOVERNOR: We've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen!

PRESS CORPS: Harrumph!! Harrumph!!

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Postby Slava » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:24 pm

As to history, it seems to be from the late 30s of the 20th century.

On a different note, it's a word for which does not use the usual terminology. They call it "imitative," not onomatopoeic.
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