Lars (I think) wrote: >> > Why would TP borrow a word for grass before a word for hair? >> >> It's both. > >That the TP word for hair comes from English grass is only mildly >interesting. Weirder things can be found in an English dictionary. > >What makes this 'hilarious' to some people is the implied claim that >TP has no word for hair, and has to use the circumlocution gras bilong >hed every time hair is mentioned.> Bear in mind too that Caucasian/Chinese/Malay head hair is straight and quite "grassy" vis-a-vis the generally wooly hair of Melanesians & Papuans. Indonesian also distinguishes between head-hair (rambut) vs. body-hair (bulu, rare amongst them)-- bulu is also the word for _feather_. Going offtopic a bit, in the Javanese/Balinese shadow-puppet plays, the good guys are always quite small, make restrained & elegant gestures; monsters and bad guys are BIG, fat or muscular, with lots of body hair.