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Thursday, June 09, 2005

It's in the context

In NZ, the word “kiwi” could refer to a bird, a fruit, a person, or the country.

The kiwi bird is a flightless bird, kasi walang pakpak. It is native to NZ and is a national symbol of the country. Actually, sa zoo lang ako nakakita ng kiwi bird. It is very hard to spot these birds in the wild because they’re nocturnal. Sa gabi lang gumagala.

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The kiwi fruit is an egg shaped fruit (parang chiko, mas maliit lang at medyo oval shaped) with a fuzzy brown skin. Inside, the fruit is color green. The fruit is sweet na medyo maasim kaya rich in vitamin C. Nowadays, meron na rin tinatawag na Kiwi Gold which looks just like the green variety on the outside pero yellow ang laman sa loob at hindi maasim katulad nung green.
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“Kiwi” can also refer to a person born in NZ or someone who’s lived in NZ for a sufficient amount of time. When used as an adjective, the word Kiwi can also refer to NZ as a country. For example: The Kiwi flag.

Ang tipid naman nila sa salita ano? Using the same word for different things. Nakakalito tuloy. One has to derive the thing being referred to from the context of the conversation. I know I’ve used the word “kiwi” lots of times before. If you are unable to derive it’s meaning from the context, huwag kayong mahihiyang magtanong. For now I will be the one to give you a simple test. Tingnan ko kung talagang attentive kayo. Can you guess what I am referring to when I ask: “nakatikim ka na ba ng kiwi?”

18 Comments:

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    By Blogger Helltracker, at 10:35 AM, June 09, 2005  

  • Ayan, binalik ko na post ko after some editting:

    Ha ha ha, trick question yan KU. Pero my answer to that is secret natin yan. Pero sa totoo lang, inde pa ko nakakatikim ng Kiwi, he he he. Ke ibon yan, prutas, or papa kiwi.

    By Blogger Helltracker, at 10:43 AM, June 09, 2005  

  • Hello Ka Uro, your question is tricky and may give different answers depending on the state of mind of the person answering it.Anyway thanks for the infomative write-up, visiting your blog is really something that cant be missed. God Bless

    lyn

    By Anonymous lyn, at 12:17 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • hello ka uro...preho sagot ko nung kay helltracker. Right now, am thinking of fruit - so my answer is - you're refering to a kiwi fruit. But if am in my "pilya" mood - I might say you're refering to a person, which in my case is a Fafah Kiwi hihihi :)

    By Anonymous trotskybee, at 3:04 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • napakiwi ako sa asim ng prutas na kiwi at napakiwi rin ako sa sarap ng bebot na kiwi

    By Anonymous kups, at 3:38 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • your parting shot/question reminds me of a local ad (na naging napaka kontrobersyal at nagbunga ng protesta mula sa womens groups at mga magulang). it was a liquor ad with the tagline "nakatikim ka na ba ng kinse anyos"...!

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 4:15 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • Ang sagot ko dyan.. na sana hinde mabasa ng misis ko eh.

    "I'm looking forward to !!" ;-)

    By Blogger Senorito<- Ako, at 6:30 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,
    Maiba lang ako. After being in NZ for 10 yrs now, do you consider yourself a kiwi? How much kiwi are you?

    By Blogger jinkee, at 7:48 PM, June 09, 2005  

  • Opo, nakatikim na ako ng kiwi, masarap! Pero hindi ko alam na may ibon din na kiwi. Napaka-informative ng post na ito, salamat Ka Uro.

    By Blogger TEACHER SOL, at 2:30 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • amoy kiwi-kiwi ba ang kiwi?

    By Blogger Ka Elyong, at 4:58 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • he he he Ka Uro naman...
    nakatikim na ako ng Kiwi...yung prutas ha, hindi yung fafah kiwi at lalong hindi yung ibong tiririt....;-)

    By Blogger Rhada, at 8:48 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • mga pilyo at pilya kayo! siempre naman yung prutas ang ibig kong sabihin. although correct kayong lahat kasi wala naman context yung tanong ko, so it could mean anything.

    tinanong ko actually yon sa isang pinoy na bagong dating dito. ang sagot niya, "hindi pa, masarap ba? para bang chicken?". obviously he was thinking of the bird not the fruit. kaya context is important. btw, endangered species yung Kiwi bird kaya di pwedeng hulihin.

    the Kiwi Bird is NZ national animal and is found in the wild only in NZ (sa pagkaka-alam ko). it is a symbol of the country. parang bald eagle sa US, maple leaf sa canada, kangaroo sa Australia. dito kiwi bird. sagwa naman kung kiwi fruit ang gawin symbol ng NZ. imagine kung ano ang iisipin ng iba kung dalawang oval shaped na brown thing ang symbol?

    yun din nga pala ang dahilan kung bakit Kiwi ang tawag sa mga tao dito. because of the Kiwi bird.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:02 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • Yung kiwi fruit ba talagang galing ng NZ? Madalang lang kasi dito sa US nyan at minsan maasim pa.

    By Blogger settejr, at 10:17 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • ang alam kong kiwi pagawaan ng sapatos sa pilipinas...ay di ko tanda kong yun nga yun yung pagawaan ng sapatos at mga key(susi):)

    blog hop!po

    By Blogger LadyWhiteSpirit, at 10:28 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • settejr,
    yung china na-e-export din ng kiwi fruit. i-try niyo yung kiwi gold. iba ang lasa mas matamis.

    lws,
    hahaha. tama ka. nakalimutan ko nga na may panlinis ng sapatos na ang brand ay kiwi. i think naging sponsor pa nga ng "kwarta o kahon" ni pepe pimentel noon. kung titingnan mo yung lalagyan nung kiwi brand na panlinis ng sapatos may picture yon ng kiwi bird, kung hindi ako nagkakamali. di ko lang sure kung gawa sa nz.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 10:55 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • ay korek!nakita ko nga yun sa pilipinas!pang shine ng sapatos.too close yung sagot ko hehehe

    By Blogger LadyWhiteSpirit, at 11:22 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • Hi! Saw your link on the Philippines Links directory.

    Your post was informative and entertaining. Nakakalito nga yung paggamit ng word na "kiwi." Kala ko noon prutas lang, up until I had a Kiwi classmate referred to as "Kiwi" by the teacher. At that time, nalito ako. Now, I know better.

    To answer your question, di pa ako nakatikim ng kiwi bird. :-) Masarap ba siyang fried?

    By Anonymous jayred, at 1:11 AM, June 12, 2005  

  • jayred,
    thanks for dropping by. hindi pwedeng kainin yung kiwi bird. gusto mong makulong tayo. endangered species na e.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:35 AM, June 13, 2005  

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