I just discovered my new favorite word.

At the risk of coming off as culturally insensitive, something I strive to avoid, I just discovered a non-English word that genuinely makes my heart glad. I plan to use it every day for the rest of my life.

One of our local supermarkets is owned by the local Ojibwe band. The market is going through a major expansion and remodeling, and features signage that displays the department names in both Ojibwe and English. And as it turns out, the Ojibwe word for “dairy” is “Doodooshaabooniwang.”

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Yup, that’s right. “Doodooshaabooniwang.”

This is now my all-time favorite word. This replaces my previous favorite word, “dondurma,” which is Turkish for “ice cream.” Good thing I’m not lactose-intolerant.

Dondurma image from The New York Times

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have learned this awesome word.  It’s like the chorus from a 1960s girl-group song:

“I’m in love with the neighborhood milkman..
Doo-doo-shaa-boo-ni-wang..
He delivers every morning like no one else can..
Doo-doo-shaa-boo-ni-wang..”

And of course the fact that it features both “doo-doo” and “wang” greatly amuses the eleven-year-old kid inside my head.

I can’t wait to use it. “Honey, do we need anything from the doodooshaabooniwang?” “Yes, dear, please pick up some dondurma..”


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