Orangutans etc.

Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU
Fri Jan 30 11:47:26 CST 2004

John Grehan was almost right. In the Malay language "orang" means just "person", qualified as "orang perempuan" for "female person" = "woman" and "o. laki-laki" for "male person" = "man". "Hutan", which is the correct transliterated spelling, means "forest". The structure of Malay then makes "orang hutan" mean person of the forest. But not even folk as polite as the Malays would insist that a 'person' is necessarily a rational being!

Don Colless,
Div of Entomology, CSIRO,
GPO Box 1700,
Canberra. 2601.
Email: don.colless at csiro.au
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