Ho ho ho
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"Ho ho ho" is a rendition of a particular type of deep-throated laugh or chuckle which is of Irish Gaelic derivation. It is also used as the laugh of Santa Claus and the Jolly Green Giant.
As a Canadian Postal Code
The full address is:
- SANTA CLAUS
- NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
In French, Santa's name translates as "Father Christmas", addressed as:
- PÈRE NOËL
- PÔLE NORD H0H 0H0
Since the postal code system has 'H0' set up to represent a tiny or rural village ('0') inside of the city of Montreal or Laval ('H'), H0 codes are quite rare and a seasonal allocation of H0H does not appear with any other normal postal codes.
There have been false urban legends claiming that use of this laugh is being discouraged in Australian malls by Westaff, a recruitment firm supplying many of the mall Santas. Supposedly, the firm claimed that the laugh, when used loudly, could be frightening to children and could even be considered derogatory to women, and recommended that a Santa lowering his voice and saying "ha ha ha" might be more welcoming. However, these legends have been proven false.
Characters associated with this laugh
- Jabba the Hutt
- Jolly Green Giant
- The Happy Mask Salesman
- Doctor Ivo Robotnik
- King Harkinian
- Santa Claus
- Robin Goodfellow
- Jessie of Team Rocket from Pokémon
- Renge from Ouran High School Host Club