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Lifestyle – January 25, 2011

Buss Laugh

photos: david croxford

How many times have you heard the expression: “Laughter is the best medicine?” Well, get ready to O.D. with a blast from the past.

It is the 30th anniversary of “Pidgin to da Max,” Hawaii’s original pidgin-English dictionary. First published by Bess Press in 1981, it sold 25,000 copies in its first month and is still in print 30 years later. Even people familiar with common pidgin terms, such as “bafe,” “daikon legs” and “cockaroach” (as in, “Who wen’ cockaroach da cookies?”) will be amused by the definitions and the book’s hilarious comic strips.

Pau Hana with Bill Deuchar

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