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April 19, 2017

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!


Jabronie - ja*bro*nie n Also jab(r)oney, jarboni, jiboney, jumbloney; for addit var see quots [Etymology unknown] An inept, stupid, or inexperience person; a guy or fellow. 1931 AmSp 6.439 NY [Prison slang], Jaboney. . .A greenhorn; a newly-arrived foreigner. 1982 Smithsonian Letters, Jabronie . .as in “That god-damned fumble-thumbed jabronie could cause a malfunction in a rolling pin.” As the name for an inept, incompetent, clumsy person, inept particularly in the physical sphere, and in the operation of any mechanical device. 


“Hey, let’s go prank that jabronie.”


“Have we got any new jabronies in here?”


“A jabronie like that can’t run a can opener, much less a fighter jet.”


“Is a jabronie like a noob?”


“Now that you know what jabronie means, you’re not a jabronie.”


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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