bulis, n., [From English] police; policeman.
bulis a chad el oltaut a llach e mengkar er a buai.
bebulisv.s.redup.half-witted; prone to wandering around and talking to oneself.
bebulis a telkib el mekngit me a lechub e ng ngodech a bdelul; omais el chad a bebulis.
blil a bulisexpr.police station.
mlil a bulisexpr.police car.
Examples:
> Toki persuaded Droteo to go to the police.
> Droteo persuaded Maria to finally go to the police.
mlai, n.canoe; car; automobile; transportation.
mlai a olidiuul er a beluu me a daob; mlai a oltak a rechad me a uleklool.
mlikn.poss.1s
mlimn.poss.2s
mliln.poss.3smlil a mlai er ngii el chad.
mlimamn.poss.1pe
mlidn.poss.1pi
mlimiun.poss.2p
mlirirn.poss.3p
blil a mlaiexpr.garage.
mlai er a Siabalexpr.Japanese car.
Examples:
> They were all canoes of equivalent quality.
> Droteo pretends that he knows how to repair cars.
> Did Joseph drive his car anywhere?
> There are a lot of complaints about the noise from cars.
> Droteo('s car) hit my car.
Proverbs:
> Like Kerosene, poling his canoe with no obvious destination
Under the German administrator Winkler before World War I, a Palauan named Ngirakerisil (Mr. Kerosene) was employed as a canoe operator. Daily he would take the tireless administrator to a different part of Palau to inspect the various economic programs (largely coconut planting) instituted by the now legendary Winkler. The operator, least of all, could predict where they would be going next. The idiom is applied to any aimless person or action; indecision; a changeable person.
> Don't be like the man from Ngerchemai who lost both the turtle and the canoe.
Don't bite off more than you can chew...don't be selfish.
> Like the man of Ngerechemai, who lost his turtle and lost his canoe.
Relates to a fisherman who jumped from his canoe to catch a turtle only to find that his canoe had drifted beyond recovery. Applies to any situation where a person fails at a task, or, aptly, to a situation where a man, through his own foolishness, loses both his wife and his mistress.
More Examples:
> I'm smirking at the people working for the government, do they think they own these government vehicles when they're behind the wheels.
> There was a crash by the bridge. Nobody got hurt.
> My younger brother and I were making our canoe.
> We were walking fine on the road until a really fast car sped by that abruptly forced us into a ditch.
> I really don't know how to drive these Japanese cars.

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