Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Does This Mean You're Really Religious?

funny word of the day: juju

No, it doesn't mean you're a particularly devout Jew (I know I'm not). Here's the definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈjü-(ˌ)jü\
Function: noun
Etymology: of W. African origin; akin to the source of Hausa jùju fetish
Date: 1894

1 : a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples 2 : the magic attributed to or associated with

Function: noun
Etymology: Yoruba jújù
Date: 1982

: a style of West African music that is characterized by a rapid beat, the use of percussion instruments, and vocal harmonies

Also used in the phrase "bad juju," which means that there's a bad aura around something and it spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

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