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Male (Greetings)

Male (Greetings)," I say.

Male madit (Big Greetings)," she says.

Male me-goa (Good Greetings)," I say.

Male me-lim-lim (Sweet Greetings)," she says.

Male me-chum-chum (Sweeter Greetings)," I say.

Male (Greetings)," I say.

Male madit (Big Greetings)," she says.

Male me-goa (Good Greetings)," I say.

Male me-lim-lim (Sweet Greetings)," she says.

Male me-chum-chum (Sweeter Greetings)," I say.

Male poindu (Healthy Body Greetings)," she says.

I am defeated. I don’t know any more “males” (pronounced ‘maalae’). I have this exchange at least half a dozen times a day, mostly with little girls and old women, occasionally one of the men wants to play. I have come to think of it as the “battle of the males” and I never get the last word.