Nope, this is not a mis-post or a post that had it’s post-date dated wrongly. This will be what you’d be hearing if you visit Australia during the Christmas Season.

Apparently, Santas in Australia are told not to use the standard greeting of “Ho ho ho” because it sounded too close to the word “whore”, which means “prostitute” and is thought to be offensive to women. Santas were also also told that “Ho ho ho” may frighten little children and are encouraged, instead, to greet with “Ha ha ha”.

What’s this got to do with the all-year round island of Singapore? Well, to start with, Horlicks may have to withdraw their ads of “Ho… ho… ho… horlicks!”. Come to think of it, doesn’t Horlicks sound offensive too?


SYDNEY – SANTAS in Australia’s largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas’s traditional ‘ho ho ho’ greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported on Thursday.

Sydney’s Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say ‘ha ha ha’ instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use ‘ho ho ho’ because it could frighten children and was too close to ‘ho”, a US slang term for prostitute.

‘Gimme a break,’ said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

‘We are talking about little kids who do not understand that ‘ho, ho, ho’ has any other connotation and nor should they,’ she told the Telegraph.

‘Leave Santa alone.’ A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was ‘misleading’ to say the company had banned Santa’s traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself. — AFP

Article obtained from on 15th November 2007

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