Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Gogah (pronounce as Go-gah) is an adjective for physically energetic. Someone who is recently sick and recover with energetic physical can be called "Gogah".

Someone who is actively working hard (hard working) physically also can be called Gogah

Monday, April 2, 2018


Ngayun (pronounce as Nga-yun) is a verb for the action to sit on a swing. This also apply to the Gawai tradition where the "Dayung Borih" will sit down and swing on it sing the ritual song to the spirit. I have no idea what are they singing although been once sitting on the ayun listening to my Grandma and her friends singing that song.


Sipiagg (pronounce as Si-piagg) is a noun for fraction of wood that is cut little by little. Specifically the word is used when the tree is cut down slanting instead of straight horizontal. This word is among the old word that very rarely used this days as the younger generations slowly phasing out their life activities with corporate work instead of farming. I have heard someone use this word on the Wai FM Radio Bidoyoh (Jagoi).

The picture below described exactly what "Sipiagg" looks like - it is the cutting debris of the trees. The action of chopping down the tree in slanting way called "Nyipiagg" which literally means almost slicing away one after another until it fall apart.

Another picture to show "Sipiagg" is a noun for wood cut in the manner of slicing them into pieces where the action again is called "Nyipiagg".


Mamuh (pronounce as Ma-muh) is a verb to take bath or to take shower. - usually in the stream or river. The word Ma-muh is being used by many other ethnic tribe that is closely related to the Bijagoi language. This is a reference made by some scholars about the related dialects that closely related to the Bijagoi Reference: https://books.google.com.my/books?id=9uyuHAXBuRkC&pg=PA96&lpg=PA96&dq=mamuh&source=bl&ots=J8kRou03xS&sig=J_Scg8zZKGT3Do6WeSfbBSB0XFc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiniNOs3pvaAhUMOo8KHfaNCOkQ6AEIbDAN#v=onepage&q=mamuh&f=false

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Nyigal (pronounce as Nyi-gal) - ritual dance during the Gawai (harvest festival) ceremony. Video below shows how the nyigal dance is performed during Gawai ceremony by the Bijagoi elders.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Sint'Na' / Sind'Na' (pronounce as Sind'Na' Or Sint'Na') - is a noun for a knife.

Very simple interesting word - reading about a brief story of the Albanian in the eastern Europe there is Illyrian's word called "Sika" or Proto-Albanian called it "Tsika" which almost the same as the Bidayuh Bijagoi called Sind'Na'. Although the spelling maybe different but the sound of calling it almost 90% similar.

Illyrian's "Sika", Proto-Albanian "Tsika" and Bidayuh Bijagoi Sind'Na' are the same meaning for knife. This shows how close and connected we are with the world far beyond our land.

There is that word called Duku' (Cleaver / Machete) in Iban dialects and Bukuo' in Bidayuh Jagoi which is almost with the same meaning as old Amernian word in the eastern Europe called "daku" for Axe.

Reference: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/thik%C3%AB

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mosut / Losen

Mosut or Losen (pronounce as Mo-sut or Lo-sen) - is a verb for the action to whip or to can using a stick. The picture below describe someone "mosut kuda" or whipping a horse.

The word "Mosut" probably the original words of the Bidayuh Bijagoi while the word "Losen" is originated from the "Malay" Sarawak. The word "Mosut" can be applied to human being or animals as shown in the picture while "Losen" apply to human only.

We hear the word these words frequently being used in our daily life for those who have children at home. As they are being naughty in daily life their parents often trying to discipline them with the threat to whip or to can them.

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