• Jabe Stafford

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!

Bagoong - ba*goong n [Tagalog] HI A condiment made from fermented fish or shrimp. 1940 Bazore Hawaiian Foods 77 HI, But the most widely used fish product is a fermented salty fish paste called bagoong. It flavors pork; is added to vegetable dishes; is eaten raw. 1967 DARE (Qu. H50) Inf HI6, Bagoong [baga’un] . .slightly rotten small fish. 1972 Carr Da Kine Talk 104 HI, Bagoong, a hot sauce or paste, is as powerful as its name suggests. To prepare it, shrimp or small fish are mixed with salt and allowed to ferment for several days, after which they are pressed and the liquid is drained off.

“Would you eat bagoong if someone offered it to you?”

“Oh, you’re full of bagoong.”

“You could smell the bagoong from a block away.”

Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday Wordplay hilarious!

Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print

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