Emily emailed me today and made me aware of the Word of the Day on Dictionary.com. (On a side note- I love that you know what the word of the day is, Emily)
Word of the Day for Thursday, August 21, 2008 on Dictionary.com:
juju \JOO-joo\, noun:
1. An object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
2. The power associated with a juju.
Example: 'On any terminal she is using, a co-worker puts up a sign proclaiming, 'Bad karma go away, come again another day'. When she was pregnant, she said, she crashed her computer twice as often -- she attributes that to a double whammy of woo-woo juju.'-- "Can a Hard Drive Smell Fear?", New York Times, May 21, 1998
Juju is of West African origin, akin to Hausa djudju, fetish, evil spirit.
How did you know Emily? Your email was almost "juju" because I was seriously thinking Julia was possessed or something this morning as she woke up hitting me and scratching me like some kind of wild beast. She was screaming with this screetchy kind of voice and was pulling her hair...I kept saying to her "JuJu who in the heck are you?"