john.burton at tsra.gov.au
Fri Jan 18 10:05:15 EST 2002
Saise!, or was it Saiso!, for the late 1980s?
Fit - it merits a sizable entry.
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From: Suzanne Grismeri [mailto:ukarumpa at hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 18 January 2002 8:30 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: Fwd: RE: comments
"saise, man!" was a common expression in EHP, near Kainantu, when I was
living in PNG, up until 1988. I'm not sure if it still is - I'll be back in
June, so can possibly tell you then! It's funny that it's almost exactly
the same as Afrikaans (my current new language) which uses "ses" (pronounced
CEASE) in the same way as an exclamation of disbelief or astonishment.
Also "fit", pronounced FEET, to describe a "cool" or athletic person - you
understand, this is slang used by my contemporaries (I was in high school at
the time) and I don't know whether it was common usage outside that age
don't know if these contributions will help, but I will respond as and when
anything I know appears relevant. I am also trying to persuade my parents
(who worked as anthropologists among other things) to participate in this
forum, I'm not sure what experience you are looking for beyond native Pidgin
speakers... I learned it in a village at age 11, so that's as close as I'm
going to get!
Glad to be involved.
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