Sanap lo bridge!

I liked this joke when I first heard it at work, my boss told it to the rest of us and I was chuffed that I got it. The punchline involves some rudimentary knowledge of tok pisin – ‘sanap’ meaning to stand, ‘lo’ being ‘on’ and bridge meaning, well, bridge. Here’s the joke:

An American was cruising through the Ramu Valley in his 4WD, admiring the vast expanse of sugar cane and oil palm and dodging the potholes. Inevitably he came to one of the many one-lane bridges that provide the rickety-looking passage over the wide-banked rivers of the valley. To his surprise a ramshackle, sack-laden ute of uncertain age drove onto the other side of the bridge when he was about half way across. He figured he had the right of way and pressed on, but the other car kept coming. The two vehicles stopped inches apart, blocked by the other.

The American got out and made what he thought was a friendly overture and a reasonable request for the other driver to reverse off the bridge – after all, the American HAD been half way across when the other vehicle arrived on the scene. The other driver, a short weather-beaten old local man with a straggly beard and a wide red mouth, didn’t seem to understand. He replied in tok pisin – which of course the American, new to PNG, didn’t understand either. The exchange was persistent but pointless, and neither the American or the old man seemed willing to do the obvious and reverse their vehicles.

This continued for nearly ten minutes, with the only development of note being the old man’s move to retrieve his buai, dakka and lime pot from the colourful bilum hung around his neck. A car or two were now waiting at one end of the bridge and honking irately for the issue to be resolved. The American tried his best pleading tone, his best blustering tone, his best threat-of-bombardment tone, his best offer of compensation money tone. No result.

Eventually, inevitably, the American lost it and growled at the stubborn old man: “You sonnova bitch!”

To which the old man enthusiastically replied: “Yu tu yu sanap lo bridge!”

Ahem… well I guess you had to be there…

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8 Responses to “Sanap lo bridge!”


  1. 1 Larry October 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Wakakakakak..

  2. 2 Albion October 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Kill me now. πŸ˜‰

  3. 3 Weast November 5, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    naispla joke!

    yu kisim sampla moa orait kam tok aut.

  4. 4 Cecil P. Wangman November 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

    You’ve got big blogging muscles Cranktank. You could hold and AK 47 up with a muscle like that, just like Arnie in Predator.
    “What’s up Dylan? Been pushing too many pencils?”

  5. 5 Sanguma man November 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Hey, Where are you Dude?. you get busy or just lost interest?.
    i really enjoy reading your blog, but its been ages since you put anything up.

  6. 6 CRANKY November 23, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Sori tumas Sanguma man, please don’t afflict me with any black magic by way of retaliation. Busy tasol, also been out of town the last week. Small work trip to a little place called Kandep…

  7. 8 Albion November 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    He’s alive, HE’S ALIVE!!!


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