Holopis Kuntul Baris: There’s a Name For It

By Laurel Sutton

May 22, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too!

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Today’s lesson, which you might need if you’re cleaning (or shopping) this weekend:

Holopis Kuntul Baris (Indonesian, hoh-LOPE-iss COON-tool BAH-riss, noun) — A phrase uttered in order to gain extra strength when carrying heavy objects.

Source: They Have a Word for It, by Howard Rheingold.

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