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:
> Droteo persuaded Maria to finally go to the police.
> Toki persuaded Droteo to 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:
> I almost got run over by a car.
> Droteo fixes cars as well as you.
> The car hit the telephone pole.
> They were all canoes of equivalent quality.
> Joseph drove his car to those stores.
Proverbs:
> 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 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.
> 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 almost got ran over by a car riding my bicycle.
> We were walking fine on the road until a really fast car sped by that abruptly forced us into a ditch.
> What is the color of your car? is it blue? or is it red?
> I really don't know how to drive these Japanese cars.
> There was a crash by the bridge. Nobody got hurt.

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