Humbug (Aboriginal)

In northern Australian Aboriginal communities to humbug is to make "unreasonable or excessive demands from family."[1] It is also used to refer to making unreasonable demands of people more generally, such as through street begging or sexual importuning. Not responding to requests can result in payback violence.[2]


  1. ^ Fay H. Johnston, Susan P. Jacups, Amy J. Vickery and David M. J. S. Bowman "Ecohealth and Aboriginal Testimony of the Nexus Between Human Health and Place" EcoHealth 4, 489–499, 2007 DOI: 10.1007/s10393-007-0142-0
  2. ^ Kearney, Simon (15 August 2007), "Bar humbug", The Australian, p. 15