Fwd: Re: Fwd: RE: comments
jacka at oregon.uoregon.edu
Fri Jan 18 08:57:17 EST 2002
Ditto to both of you regarding the use of "fit" in Enga Province,
particularly among the educated youth. Cool and/or attractive men and women
were referred to as "em i wanpela fit man/meri stret". Most things worthy
of admiration received the adjective "fit", such as new cars and houses.
I never heard saise or saiso, but people do say "aiyooo" as an exclamation,
which they don't in the vernacular.
At 10:03 AM 1/18/2002 +1100, Stephanie Garling wrote:
>"Fit" is also used by young (more so) and old in Tanga and Anir in New
>Ireland Province, but is used to describe a range of good looking or
>attractive things e.g. a nicely decorated bit of pottery or a picture of my
>friend's baby were both described as "fit". You often hear "fit stret" (fit
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> >"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"
> >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
> >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.
> >Suzanne Earley.
> >MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos:
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