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GLOSSARY

Acronyms, jargon & Pidgin words that are used in our stories

antap - above

baiim – purchase

bekim - return

boihaus – servant’s quarters

bol - testicle

bosboi pauahaus – powerhouse supervisor

brus – chest

buka meri – Rhum Negrita

Burns Philp – a large trading company

cuscus -possum

CWA – Country Women’s Association

DC – District Commissioner

DEO – District Education Officer (later redesignated DI)

DI – District Inspector

didiman – agricultural officer

DIES – Department of Information & Extension Services

DO – District Officer

donga – small free-standing living quarters

draivaboi – driver

E Course – 6-month expatriate teacher training program conducted within PNG

emi stap wea – where is he/she?

go pinis - gone

guria – earth tremor

haba - harbour

hapkas – half caste

hariap - hurry

haus kiap – native hut designated for use by patrol officers

haus pig – pig sty (slang for a decrepit house)

haus sik - hospital

hausboi – servant

hevi – tired

itambu - forbidden

kadi – golf caddy

kalabus – gaol

kanaka – native people

karamapim – cover

kark it - die

kiap –  Patrol Officer

kilim –kill, switch off

kina – PNG coin equivalent to a dollar

kok - penis

koral - coral

kurakum – sugar ant

kwiktaim – quickly

lapuns – old people

lek – leg

liklik - small

liklik kiap – Cadet Patrol Officer

longlong - mad

lotu - church

luluai – tribal chief

lus pinis – gone, lost

MAF – Missionary Aviation Fellowship

mankimasta – house boy

masalai – spirit, ghost

masta – mister, whiteman

mausgras – moustache, beard

mekim – construct

misis – white woman

motabaik – motorbike

nabaut nabaut - around

nambus – coast

nogat – no

oli – native people, they

olsem wonem – why

outstation – remote government settlement

patrol post – small government outpost

pen – pain

plua - floor

PO – Patrol Officer

polismasta – European police officer

PWD – Public Works Department

rabis - rubbish

ranawe – flee

resis - competition

samting nating – trivial, commonplace

sanap –stand up

save - understand

sea toilet – simple latrine built over salt water

seraf – grass knife

Seven Day – Seventh Day Adventist

sikul - school

siton - stone

sok – sock

solwara - ocean

SOQ – Single Officer’s Quarters

sori - sorry

sotwin – exhausted

South – Australia

SP – South Pacific lager (beer)

station – larger government settlement

su – shoe

taip rekoda – tape recorder

ADO – Assistant District Officer

TAL – Territory Air Lines

tasol - only

toea – PNG coin roughly equal to a cent

tok peles – local vernacular language

TPNG – Territory of Papua and New Guinea

trausis – shorts, slacks

tumas – a lot

wantok – compatriot, person from same tribal (language) group

wara - water

wetman – European, white man

wetsan – sand

winim - win

wokabaut - walk