Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Buidl*, Buidi* (for Building, etc.)

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. And following humbly on the heels of yesterday's typo, today's is about a home that's like no place on earth. The Buid are a tribe of about 4,000 people who live in the highlands of Mindoro Island in the Philippines. "Since each speaker is always an individual and the listeners are a group, they avoid interpersonal clashes of wills, confrontations, and competition. However, it is impossible to tell if the six Buid in this picture are considering work proposals or if they are just enjoying the view." My grandfather was a builder who would often enlist the help of his own six-member brood with various work proposals. He would also enjoin the grandkids on Sunday drives (no doubt in part to "avoid interpersonal clashes of wills," but also because he was an artist at heart) to look at the scenery while riding in the car. Buidl* shows up 24 times in OhioLINK, and Buidi* 13 times. (A snapshot of serene scenery from the Peaceful Societies website.)

Carol Reid

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