Dutch soldiers

Aone van Engelenhoven A.van.Engelenhoven at let.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Apr 23 15:01:20 UTC 2002

Don van Minde just came with a nice translation of samatay:

>In addition to Waruno Mahdi's remarks, please note the following:
>I guess even in the 17th century "sama" was an all-purpose preposition
>in Bazaar Malay and perhaps also in Ambonese Malay. So, in addition to
>'with', "sama" also means '(just) like'. The sentence(part) thus could
>mean: 'The Dutch fight/fought like shit'.
>Now isn't this a nice observation, and how things have remained the same
>in the Dutch army during the centuries.

Best, Aone

Aone van Engelenhoven
Dep.Languages & Cultures SE Asia & Oceania
Leiden University,
BOX 9515 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
tel: +31-(0)71-5274165, fax: +31-(0)71-5272615

Email: A.van.Engelenhoven at let.leidenuniv.nl

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