May 18, 2012
Merriam Webster’s word of the day yesterday was maffick, but we can certainly maffick it today.
Seems "Maffick," which means to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing, comes from “Mafeking Night,” the British celebration of the lifting of the siege of a British military outpost during the Second Boer War at the town of Mafikeng (also spelled Mafeking) on May 17, 1900.
It was a significant achievement for the British garrison because they held out against a much larger Afrikaner force for 217 days until reinforcements could arrive.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the word fell out of favor since poetic or alliterative it wasn't.
Although British satirist Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, tried:
“Mother, may I go and maffick."
Which brings me to this question:
What’s your word of the day?
It could worthy of much mafficking.