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What is a “shivaree”?

May 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Charivari, in the sense of a mock serenade of a newly married couple, is popularly spelled and pronounced shivaree in the United States. It is a French term and is correctly spelled charivari and pronounced sha-reeĀ­va-ree in English. Some authorities suppose the word was of onomatopoeic or imitative origin and was suggested by the sound …