bgzimmer at midway.uchicago.edu
Thu Feb 25 17:27:33 UTC 1999
>> I have consulted a number of references but have been unable to locate any
>> examples of subject-oriented idioms in Bahasa Indonesia or Malay. I have
>> in mind idioms in English such as "the cat is out of the bag", "the fur
>> will fly", and so on. If anyone could provide me with a few examples of
>(1) Nasi sudah menjadi bubur (lit: rice already become porridge)
> "it's too late to do anything about it;
> what's done cannot be undone;
> it's no good to cry over spilled milk"
> (if you boil rice too long, it's not possible
> to unboil it back to "al dente". That was before
> they invented parboiled...)
>(2) Anjing menggonggong, kafilah lalu (lit: dog barks, caravan passes)
> (is of course not an original Malay/Indonesian saying....)
A few more:
"Garam di laut, asam di gunung bertemu di belanga."
Lit.: "Salt of the sea and acid (tamarind?) of the hills meet in the pot."
(Said of husband and wife of different backgrounds.)
"Guru kencing berdiri, murid kencing berlari."
Lit: "Teacher pisses standing, student pisses running."
(Teacher provides a bad example, student does something worse.)
"Ayam mati di lumbung padi."
Lit.: "Chicken dies in the rice barn."
(Something like, "Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.")
More information about the An-lang