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gergmu commented on the word ballander
Ballander is a word used by the Buginese people of South Sulawesi Indonesia to refer to a Dutch person, I think it is a corruption of a Dutch word or phrase. It is also used by the Yolngu & other people of North East Arnhemland, Australia to mean a white person. The Bugis people sailed from Makassar South Sulawesi to Arnhemland for hundreds of years fishing for Trepang to sell to China.They stayed there for 6 months each year from November to April, until the Australian government stopped them in the early 1900"s. They left many other words there too.
September 21, 2015
bilby commented on the word ballander
Half right. It's ballander in Yolngu-speaking coastline areas of Australia, belanda in Bugis- and Makassan-speaking areas of Sulawesi.
September 22, 2015