Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lōia

A brief note on the Sāmoan language.

I think it says a lot about Sāmoa that there is a word in the language that means “covered with ants.” That word is lōia (low-ee-ah) and my life in Sāmoa is lōia. I cannot escape the ants.

I am not sure if it is significant that the same word also means lawyer (sorry Dad), since I think it has more to do with it sounding like the English word than the meaning.

Finally, the word also means the feeling you get in your stomach after eating a lot of fatty, greasy foods. It is also a telling thing about the Sāmoan diet that they have a word for that feeling.

— Sara

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