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					    Hobby

Russian school in
 Greece/Athens
Meanings of the word
• 1. An activity done regularly for pleasure
  (a favourite topic).
• 2. Archaic a small horse or pony.
• 3. A small migratory falcon which hunts
  birds and insects on the wing.
• 4. A toy consisting of a model of a horse's
  head on a long stick. A rocking horse. A
  model of a horse used in morris dancing,
  pantomime, etc.
Origins
1. Only recently the word has become a hobby its importance as a
   favorite activity, originally from the word hobby as a small horse.
2. Hobby in the sense ‘pastime’
   is short for hobbyhorse. This originated in the
   16th century as a term for the figure of a horse used
   in morrisdances: the element hobby, used since the 14th century
   for a ‘smallhorse’, was derived from Hob, a pet form of
   the man’s name Robert orRobin which survives also in hobgoblin (
   16th c.). From the morris-dance hobbyhorse was descended
   the toy hobbyhorse, a stick with a horse’s head on top; and the
   notion of ‘riding a hobbyhorse’,
   whichcould not actually take you anywhere, passed metaphorically
   into ‘doing something only for amusement’ – hence the meaning
   ‘pastime’,first recorded for hobbyhorse in the 17th century and for
   the shortenedhobby in the early 19th century.
3. Middle English: from Old French hobet, diminutive of hobe
   'falcon'.(15th.)
4. Middle English (in sense 'small horse', later 'toy horse or hobby
   horse') hobyn, hoby, from familiar forms of the given name Robin.
Collocations
•   Hobby knife
•   Hobby-bird
•   Hobby-horse
•   Favorite hobby
•   Hobby Tips
•   Hobby news
•   Hobby Stores
•   Hobby craft
•   Hobby lobby
•   Hobby trivia
•   Hobby Happenings
•   Hobby ideas
Word-building
• Hobby-horse – a word built from the
  words hobby and horse.
• Hobby-bird – a word built from the
  words hobby and bird.
Examples
• My hobby is playing computer
  games.
• My brother has new hobby-horse.
• Today I was in the park and saw
  hobby-bird.
• Today I was riding a hobby-horse.
  Exercises
1. I don't have any … but I like to watch TV as much as possible.
A) pet
B) friend
C) hobby
D) lessons
2. My … is to collect stamps.
A) activity
B) hobby
C) work
3. I have … , it is tennis.
A) lessons
B) work
C) hobby
4. My father bought … - horse.
A) bad
B) angry
C) hobby
5. Today I saw … - bird.
A) hobby
B) three
C) sweet
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