Malay Sayings – C C Brown (1951) (1st ed)


Malay Sayings – C C Brown (1951) (1st ed)


Title: Malay Sayings

Author: C. C. Brown

Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1951. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Very good. Small stamp and inscription on ffep, very minor wear and foxing. 8.5″ by5.5″. 274pp.

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A reference book of Malay sayings by a former lecturer in Malay, School of Oriental and African Studies. C. C. Brown also translated the Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu) and published a number of other books on Malaya and the Malay language.

Some fun sayings, and their English equivalents:

Seperti anjing menyalak di-pantat gajah – Like dogs barking at the stern of an elephant. (An impotent threat.)

Seperti ular berbelit-belit – Like a snake rising above its coils. (To be furious. Quoted in Hang Tuah.)

Terong bertunang ikan kering – The egg-plant is betrothed to the dried fish. (Companions in misfortune. i.e., in the cooking pot.)