[Mihalic] Piccaninny dawn
Stuart.Robinson at mpi.nl
Fri Nov 17 20:20:48 EST 2006
In Bougainville, I have heard the opposite size descriptor, 'bik', to
describe what I believe is the same time of day---namely, early in the
morning. For example,
Bai yu kam long bik moning tru.
Come in the early morning.
Is this a common expression?
On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 r.clark at auckland.ac.nz wrote:
> "Piccaninny daylight", also "piccaninny dawn, piccaninny sun" as
> expressions for the earliest morning, are well attested in Australian
> English, going back to the 1840s at least. I assume this is from the
> earlier sense of "piccaninny" = "small", and originated in some pidgin
> context. However, the only place I can find it in use today is in Torres
> Straits Creole, in the relexified form "smol delait" = "dawn, early
> Ross Clark
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> Subject: [Mihalic] Piccaninny dawn
> In The Sky People (1984) by John Emery, there are numerous
> references to "piccaninny dawn" which I assume means something like the
> first light of dawn, before the sun actually appears.
> Is this a version of a normal TP expression? Has anyone heard
> "pikinini tulait" or something like that? Or might it be some sort of
> Tok Masta?
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