Definitions

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  • proper n. The Austronesian language of the Marshall Islands; also called Marshall and Ebon.
  • n. An inhabitant of the Marshall Islands.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Marshall Islands, its people, or its language.

Etymologies

From Marshall (“Marshall Islands”) +‎ -ese. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the Marshallese language of Bikini Atoll, iju means “star.”

    The English Is Coming!

  • What about the inhabitants of Bikini Atoll, where some of the fewer than eighty thousand people speak varieties of Marshallese, languages of the Austronesian family?

    The English Is Coming!

  • In Marshallese, the language of Bikini Atoll, hello and bye alike are conveyed in the word kwe, which also means love.i In English, the expression bye was once similarly fulsome: God be with you.

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  • A more accurate transliteration of Marshallese might have forgone the b for a p, or spelled the word as the Marshallese do: Pikinni.

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  • In the Marshallese language spoken by the Micronesians of Bikini Atoll, bikini is a compound word formed of pik, meaning “flat surface”—in reference to the low-lying form of the coral reef atoll, as opposed to the mountainous shapes of islands formed by volcanoes—and ni, “coconut.”

    The English Is Coming!

  • Global English iIn a playful folk etymology, speakers of Marshallese have given new meaning as a compound word because it sounds like iia + kwe, “rainbow” and “you.”

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  • Rosenblatt, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota, surveyed seventy-eight different ethnic groups, from the Basque to the Balinese, the Masai to Marshallese, and documented an astonishing diversity of who grieves, how they grieve, and for how long.

    The Truth About Grief

  • One of the interesting things my friend told me is that the largest group of Marshallese living outside the islands can be found at the foothills of the Ozarks in Springfield Springdale, Arkansas.

    Boing Boing

  • The Marshallese diaspora can be traced to one man, a Marshallese man named John Moody who took a job at Tyson Chicken in the 1980s.

    Boing Boing

  • You will also note a large number of CB antennas on cars in the area as the Marshallese tend to use CB radios, as they do on the islands, rather then cell phones to communicate.

    Boing Boing

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