Where Did the Term ‘Hobby Horse’ Come From?

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Riding a wooden hobby horse, a little girl laughs in delight. The name of her toy, hobby horse, has an interesting derivation.

The “hobby” in hobby horse came from the name of…

A) a 15th century toy shop.

B) a type of gentle Irish horse.

C) the toy’s inventor.

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ANSWER: B is correct. The “hobby” in hobby horse comes from a type of smooth-gaited Irish horse popular in England in the 1400s. These gentle mounts were known as “hobbies,” and the term became associated with the smooth-rocking children’s toy.

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