mele Kalikimaka

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English merry Christmas.[1] The pronunciation has deviated from the original English pronunciation due to the phonotactics of Hawaiian.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈme.le ka.li.kiˈma.ka/, [ˈmɛlɛ kəˌlitiˈmɐkə]

Phrase[edit]

mele Kalikimaka

  1. merry Christmas

References[edit]

  1. ^ Language Log, Mele Kalikimaka!, by Mark Liberman, published 2010-12-25, accessed 2013-03-12.