Olgeta Long Long‘ roughly means ‘everything’s mad’ or ‘it’s all crazy’ in the Tok Pisin (a.k.a PNG Pidgin, Melanesian Pidgin) language. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the translation – I haven’t had any lessons yet but I think it’s OK. I chose long long (crazy, mad) over bagarup (ruined, broken) because bagarup struck me as a bit too ominous, although I daresay long long has connotations that aren’t necessarily positive. To say something’s crazy in English may imply a wild kind of fun, but the connotation probably doesn’t extend to Tok Pisin. Apologies in advance. Nonetheless the implied ruinous finality of bagarup isn’t something I’m keen to invite upon myself, even though I like the word a hell of a lot more.

I should mention that this blog is not a guaranteed long-term project. I have no real idea of what internet connections will be like in Port Moresby and beyond, so updating my be infrequent or maybe even non-existent. Wish me luck.

4 Responses to “What does it mean?”

  1. 1 Albion October 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I just decided to read this section, and I can’t believe that no one has responded to your cry for luck. Well, good luck my friend. I hope it is all going well.

    Also you should check out keith loutit. He has an art blog on wordpress that rocks! I’m pretty sure it’s http://keithloutit.com but maybe there is a wordpress in there somewhere….

  2. 2 oc November 24, 2008 at 11:33 am

    fark luck. i wish you justice. steaming, lumping piles of it. with all your good karma Georgieboy, its bound to turn out well!

  3. 3 ammo January 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I wuv you george. that is what i can wish for you. wuv.

  4. 4 Michael Anderson January 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Way to go George – really love your stuff…..Michael and Caroline

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