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:
> I carved the canoe and then painted it.
> Joseph drove his car to my house.
> Your car gives a very smooth ride.
> My tire's gone flat.
> The car hit the telephone pole.
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 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.
> 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.
More Examples:
> I really don't know how to drive these Japanese cars.
> We were walking fine on the road until a really fast car sped by that abruptly forced us into a ditch.
> Do you know how to drive a car?
> I am looking for a car.
> I was driving a car and the police caught me because I don't have a license.

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