Obonics: Barack Obama Slang


President Barack Obama‘s influence over popular culture, including the English language, is going to be most interesting to watch. Numerous terms including his name are already in use, like the Obama Effect, Obamania, the BarackBerry and Ben & Jerry’s Yes Pecan ice cream (which seems to have been removed).  More will come, which has prompted me to categorize them as obonics. Can you add any more?


President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Nonstandard English terms involving Barack Obama’s name, and a subset of ebonics.

Obama Syndrome
The condition of being judged by a higher standard due to unfair expectations set from unbounded optimism.

Abama (as in Abe-bama)
Something common between Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.

Barackberry Jam
A great jam containing berries of every type and colour, without melting them in the pot.

Black pyjamas.

Baracker Jack
A snack of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts containing change inside.

1. What African-Americans (should?) shout when throwing and breaking dishes at weddings.
2. The Yes We Can play beginner level oboe (no exclamation mark).

Someone addicted to Barack Obama and/or anything associated with him (as in crackhead).

Barack Obama’s reggae band, dance or jam session (all of which he should have).

1. What happens when one gets too much Barack Obama.
2. A media ban on Barack Obama.
3. Barack Obama’s enthusiasm to get doing something.

The African-American equivalent of the Obamajamas and/or Bananarama.

The state of being Barack Obama.

Obama bin Madden
How you tell somebody Barack Obama just got ticked off.

Noticeable influence by Barack Obama on something.

Nasty stuff Republicans and others spread about Barack Obama.

Barack Obama’s priority list.

A woman like Michelle Obama; a woman supporter of Barack or Michelle Obama.

Kind of like, but not exactly, Barack Obama.

When Oprah and Barack Obama back something together.

Communications from Barack Obama… digital, of course.

Oprah and Barack Obama practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching situations, assessing situations or solving problems.

The drawing feature of the Barackberry.

Obama Slamas or Obama Slama Jamas
1. A Barack Obama slam dunks, metaphorically in policy or physically in basketball.
2. Any basketball team with Barack Obama on it.

Barack Obama’s card game where winning card hands add up closest to 53, the popular vote percentage by which he won the 2008 election.

A very rude way to address the President.

1. The next generation leader in Pirates of the Caribbean.
2. Barack Obama’s beard should he grow one.

What Alabama is considering changing its state name to.

Metaphor for inspiration inspired by Barack Obama.

The genus of parasitic mites belonging to the Myobiidae family which might be carried by Barack Obama.

The aura Barack Obama sheds on things with his presence and vision.

Be your own Barack (Obama), the rallying cry to rise up and contribute to the change needed.

A veto or voting block spearheaded by Barack Obama.


What can you add?
Please add your suggestions in the comments section, with a brief description of each term. Other comments are also welcomed. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.6

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