Oxford English Dictionary Additions a Hammajang

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — Pidgin Hawai`ian Creole has gone mainstream. One of the more than 600 words added to the Oxford English Dictionary in December was the word “Hammajang”, a Hawaii pidgin adjective for “messed up” or “in a disorderly or shambolic state.” The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Dictionary representatives say the word’s origin is unknown, but it could be related to the Hawaiian word for inept, hemahema, combined with the Hawaiian Creole adjective junk, meaning bad. The earliest known example of the use of hammajang was in a short story published in 1988.

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