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July 28, 2013

“Ou Belau er Ngii”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Despite few attempts to translate the idiom, “ou Belau er ngii”, I decided that my translations doesn’t quite capture the heart of it. It will take the skill of a linguist to render justice so I left it alone. I have often heard this expression used to describe substandard behavior or performance below par. In fact my encounter with the phrase has always been with people attempting to criticize in a nice way – turning it instead into a euphemism. Instead of saying that a person is not performing at standard or above, we say, “ngdi ou Belau er ngii.”

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