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What does "kumbaya" mean?
The Straight Dope ^ | September 11, 1998 | Cecil Adams

Posted on 08/22/2012 12:39:53 PM PDT by EveningStar

Dear Cecil:

This has probably been answered somewhere before, but I was getting my teeth drilled that day. Just what does kumbaya mean?

— F. Pierson, via the Internet

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: hymnology; hymns; kumbaya; music; negrospirituals; songs

1 posted on 08/22/2012 12:39:54 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

“come by here”


2 posted on 08/22/2012 12:42:59 PM PDT by 2dollarbill
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To: EveningStar

It means Obama is a Marxist.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 12:44:55 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: EveningStar

It means your day long Cub Scout BALOO training session is almost over!


4 posted on 08/22/2012 12:47:35 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

LOL!


5 posted on 08/22/2012 12:50:53 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: EveningStar
"You can cut across the cattle yard, but be careful not to step in the kumbaya.
6 posted on 08/22/2012 12:51:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EveningStar

Something a salesman would say, followed by a product name.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 12:51:59 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: EveningStar

Hmmm....when I was growing up in North Carolina we called these folks Geechee. I wonder when they became Gullah. I also wonder if Geechee is now one of those terms I’m not supposed to say. In fairness, it usually preceded another word along the lines of “Geechee B**t**d.”


8 posted on 08/22/2012 12:53:49 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: EveningStar

Interesting article! I’ve been researching the similarities between native American languages and that which is spoken in Mongolia. It’s believed by many that Mongolia is the ancestral place of the Native American


9 posted on 08/22/2012 12:54:25 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: EveningStar

Does anyone see the irony between the topic and what happened exactly 3 years after the question was asked?


10 posted on 08/22/2012 12:57:18 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: EveningStar

It’s Angolan for “come here Baya”. Baya is a type of Angolan dog that really despises Kenyans with fake birth certificates, social security numbers, and is campaigning in all 57 states.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 12:58:56 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: tsowellfan

I have little doubt that is true. We have hosted two Mongolian girls and they look more like American Indians than the other Asians we’ve been hosting.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 1:00:49 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: EveningStar

“If sung enough times all around you will jab pencils in their ears”.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 1:01:06 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

14 posted on 08/22/2012 1:05:03 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: cuban leaf
You would probably love seeing this movie:

The Trail of Genghis Khan

15 posted on 08/22/2012 1:07:46 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Yes. I did notice the date its significance.


16 posted on 08/22/2012 1:09:30 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: cuban leaf

Also, when you have a chance... check out this Mongolian song (especially the beginning). It’s very similar to the music of Native Americans!

http://youtu.be/tjCJCpbqSjc


17 posted on 08/22/2012 1:12:13 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: tsowellfan

Sounds like someone got poked in the bum with a sharp stick.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 1:17:07 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: EveningStar
It means ‘Honk if you love midget porn’
19 posted on 08/22/2012 1:17:19 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: cuban leaf

Hmmm....perhaps what Elizabeth Warren meant to say was that she was part Mongolian instead of part Cherokee?


20 posted on 08/22/2012 1:19:58 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: EveningStar

It’s how a Cajun invites you to come visit him in the swamp.

“Come bayou!”


21 posted on 08/22/2012 2:04:12 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: tsowellfan

That Mongolian song seems to use a five-tone scale, as does Chinese music.


22 posted on 08/22/2012 2:13:44 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: EveningStar

What does “kumbaya” mean...?

It roughly means “Kiss my ass”.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: EveningStar

I recall watching a commercial on TV—I think it was during a football game, and it might have been the Super Bowl—in which the song was rendered, “Kumbaya, my friends, kumbaya,” instead of “Kumbaya, my Lord...” I can’t remember what the product being advertised was, but I hope the ad generated some protests.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

No, it doesn’t.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 2:26:37 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: EveningStar

It means that if you start singing it, all you’re gonna see is my backside walking out of the building. I hate that song with a passion.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 3:40:30 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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