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October 11, 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!


Jackass brandy - n Also jackass [From the “kick”] scattered, but esp CA A homemade, illegal, or poor quality liquor. 1921 DN 5.109 CA, Jackass brandy . . . A home-made brandy with a powerful ‘kick.’ 1924 Henderson Keys to Crookdom 289, The “jackass-brandy” hound will boil up anything from grapes to prunes. 1974 Dabney Mountain Spirits 107 (as of 1920s), “Jackass brandy,” made of peaches, created a stir in some sections of Virginia, causing intestinal pains and internal bleeding--all for a mere four dollars a quart.


“The frats around here always have jackass brandy lying around.”


“Put that jackass brandy down and have some real whiskey.”


“Yep, she’s the jackass brandy woman on campus. She’s got all the moonshine.”


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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