One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Australian Aboriginal English) a white man.
- ‘The Jabiluka uranium mine project will bring more balanda to the region.’
- ‘So if there was a particular problem for which they needed balanda help, they would go to one they felt in good relationship with.’
- ‘His mother, principal of the local school, blames the balanda (whitefellas).’
- ‘Now balanda's actually a Macassan bahasa Indonesia term for Dutch person.’
Mid 19th century: from Makasarese balanda, from Malay belanda (alteration of Hollander in the sense ‘Dutchman’).
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