Naturally, I looked up patois and hob. One online dictionary defined patois as a dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.
The first definition of hob is a hobgoblin, sprite, or elf (appropriate for Halloween). A hob is also mischievous behavior (behaviour if you're in England). And, finally, it's the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners.
Ah, the third definition of hob fits the sentence.
Questionable edit: Here's a story from a newspaper today -- “We have to do what Obama’s trying to do in health care reform,” Donna Shalala, the University of Miami president, said during a recent interview. Do you really need to say that the quote came from a recent interview? It would read better if the attribution was ...," said Donna Shalala, the president at the University of Miami.
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