SVD JOKES #25: MABELE! MABELE! January 23, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in SVD Jokes.
Tags: Botswana, Fr. Emil Pati SVD
This is from Pinoy SVD Fr. Emil Pati:
“Setswana”, the language spoken in Botswana, is quieted complicated. One day, while visiting people in the fields, I scouted a group of women harvesting sorghum. Very articulately I greeted them, “Dumelang Bomme” (the usual greeting). In chorus they respond “Dumela Rra.”
Admiring the abundant harvest, I exclaimed, “Bomme, mabele a lona a matona thata!”
Their facial expressions and the silence were enough to tell me I was in trouble. I repeated what I said trying to make myself clear. And one of them remarked, “Ah, mabele.”
I said, “ee mma” (yes madam) pointing at the robust sorghum harvested. Then a thunderous laughter broke out. Trying not to embarrass me, the old man that the word “mabele” has two completely different meanings: If your accent is deep, it means sorghum, but if it is high, it means a woman’s breasts. It was clear then that when I spoke the first time, I was in effect saying, “Women, your breasts are enormous!” (The Word in Other Words 2002, June 2)
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