The other day I laughed out loud when I saw this threadless shirt over on my friend Jenn's blog. Buddy would be beside himself to have a shirt like that, but his mom's a meany so no butt shirt for him. He's at the age where he loves to say things for the pure shock value of it and "butt" is definitely one of his current favorites (and thankfully the most shocking thing he can think of).
Anyway, when I saw the shirt I had to do a little watercolor of Buddy and his favorite word. If you grew up in Hawaii you're probably familiar with the term hana okolele. I think it's actually pidgin and not Hawaiian, but it's something kids say that basically means, "you are in BIG trouble!"
Buddy says, "humbalala" or "humbalala ukulele" instead of hana okolele and I'm not sure if he heard it from someone wrong or the phrase has just evolved over the years. Another version that I even still use is "halaa!" which I think is based on hana okolele because it's usage is the same.
My brother's used to love to trick me into saying all kinds of bad words just so they could scream "hana okolele!" at me in unison and get me in trouble. Lucky me! I can't seem to think of an equivalent phrase in English or Japanese, do you know of something similar in another language?
(PS In case you're wondering, "hana okolele" is pronounced ha like "haha!", na like "nananana hey hey hey goodbye", o like "oh!", ko like "cocoa" and lele like "lei" and I've probably broken every grammatical rule for the proper use of quotation marks.)
Happy Monday everyone!