> Words of the lagoon
Fish in the lagoon may be driven into a small circular trap (osel) by a huge surrounding device made of coconut fronds. During this kind of fishing the excited participants, usually men, may hurl the worst kind of insults at one another when a mistake permits some fish to escape. Insults, or bad language generally, in this context were excused even though the victim was a superior. Rough talk among men engaged in any strenuous work may be excused as "words of the lagoon".