• 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!

Okolehao - n Also abbr oke [Haw ‘okolehao try-pot still (literally, “iron buttocks”)] An alcoholic liquor usu distilled from the ti root. 1924 Amer. Botanist 30.21 HI, The principal use made of it [=Cordyline fruticosa] by the native is to produce okolehao, a kind of whiskey. 1938 Reinecke Hawaiian Loanwords 26, Okolehao . . .A distilled liquor manufactured in Hawaii. It is made from several materials, the best “oke” [ok], and the only kind truly entitled to the name, being that distilled from the ti root.

“Now I gotta go to Hawaii to try okolehao.”

“That moonshine’s gotta hit pretty hard if it’s based on, ‘iron buttocks.’”

“Try pronouncing okolehao after you’ve had a few shots of it.”

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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