Indonesian: When English Falls Short – Part 4 | “Assed & Armpitted”

While previous posts illuminated what it means to be ‘peanutted’ and ‘casualed’, today it’s asses and armpits – words with many meanings and associated smells. As nouns they are homonyms covering donkeys, jerks, middle America – rarely ever verbs.

An imperative you may hear in Indonesia? ”’Ass’ your phone when I’m talking to you!’

HP Gustut dipantatin dia,” in Indonesian. “Gustut’s phone was ‘assed’ by so-and-so.”

Now does poor Gustut want the phone back afterwards?

Dipantatin‘ is the passive verb in question and really it’s just an abrasive, ‘cheeky’ way of saying ‘pocketed’.

Guah diketekin loe,” in Indonesian. “I am ‘armpitted’ by you.”

So far as I know, this one’s exclusive to images like these:

A boy is 'armpitted' by liberty.

‘Armpitted’ [diketekin] by lego liberty.

The verb 'to armpit someone' [diketekin] properly demonstrated.

The passive verb ‘to be armpitted by someone’ [diketekin] improperly demonstrated.

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  1. Pingback: You’re Talking Out of Your Ass Again | Cheri Speak

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