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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
23-Nov-10 - 05:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Thanksgiving historical corrections (USA)
Subject: RE: BS: Thanksgiving historical corrections (USA)
To answer SINSULL, a hob (hub) is a projection or device, usually to one side of a fireplace, on which something could be placed or hung to keep warm. In print in the 1500s as hub, 1600s as hob. Several other meanings.

Hobgoblin (OED) in print in 1530, origin unknown. About the same time, a hob could be an elf, a spirit, etc. so it could be a word with a double emphasis.