Tag Archives: idioms

Wednesday Word: Fur (Hair)

What does snow have in common with manure? Well, both are used as idioms in English to describe words which are used to deceive (snow job, B.S. or bull). Palawano uses a completely different word for the same figure of … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Eye

Personal note: a more regular number, length and variety of posts coming soon… we recently traveled across the Pacific, faced the terrors of jet lag and the delay of transfer to new computers. Life is almost settled again. Meanwhile, a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Go

In Palawano, surong, as a verb, means “go.” Put a suffix –an on it, and it’s a noun meaning “destination.” Simple enough. But used figuratively, it can also mean “to improve.” So if your friendship with someone “goes,” not only … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Untrue News

This week I got the news… In Palawano, they have a word habar which means “news” (news, hear the news, tell the news, etc.) In linguistic terms, this verb is not “factive.” That just means that the TRUTH cannot be … Continue reading

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Wednesday Word: Crunchy Speech

Idioms fascinate me. And when you work with other languages as I do, it becomes even more interesting. Sometimes (you think) you can explain the idiom, the supposed connection between form and meaning. But more often than not, it’s actually … Continue reading

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