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KenC asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Where did the word "pasaway" originate from? (Saan nanggaling yung word na "pasaway"?)?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Saway" means "to be prevented from doing something." If you add the prefix "pa-", it means that a person is of the type that has to be prevented always or habitually from doing something. "Pa-" is really a prefix that is descriptive of a type or category of a thing, or a particular manner of doing something.

    Analogy: if you say a person's life is "patapon" ("tapon" means "to throw away"), it means his life is worthy of being thrown away. If you say "padabog" ("dabog" means "to stomp one's feet against the floor"), it means that something was done (like walking away or arranging things) with stomping movements, like stomping your feet, or your hands, or placing things like files on the desk, with a loud thud against the surface of the desk.

    Malinaw ba?

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