Friday, August 31, 2012


Suggested by Chelsea L.

Definition: (from
1. a gathering at which folk singers entertain often with the audience joining in

"Dad, if Bob Dylan is considered an American folk singer, doesn't that mean you went to a hootenanny - not a concert?
"The wedding band was so lively the whole event turned into more of a hootenanny - the bride and groom loved it."

Origin: (from
"'informal session of folk musicians,' 1940, American English, earlier 'a gadget' (1927), of unknown origin, perhaps a nonsense word."

Awkwardness rating: 9

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of my wedding being a hootenanny. (