Bonnaroo, or Bon-a-roo, is a New Orleans French Creole slang phrase meaning “best on the street.” The phrase is derived from French words "bon à rue", though the phrase does not exist in French. The term may also refer to:
- Bonnaroo Music Festival founded 2002, and named after the 1974 album
- Desitively Bonnaroo 1974 album by Dr. John
- Bonaroo (band) 1970s band Bobby Winkelman and Michael Hossack
- Bonaroo, 1975 album by Bonaroo (band)
- Bonaroo II, album by Bobby Winkelman after disbanding of Bonaroo (band)
Origins: Jack S. Amador, of Anaheim California
According to Jack the term was first used by long-board surfers on the rugged California Coast in mid to late 1950s.
His claims surrounding the term's meaning are that it was most commonly used as a descriptive for the following:
- the best waves
- the coolest surf boards
- the sharpest torpedo bras (and what fills them) i.e.; "I could motor boat those bonnaroo cones!"
- the slickest hot rods i.e., "I owned one of those bonnaroo rods, that year it can with..."
- to act as a substitute for "umm" or a long pause in a conversation, and to appear as bourgeoisie as possible
Jack continues to use this word in conversation to prove himself a master for Frog Artistry.
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