One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Aboriginal English) belonging to; about; near; with.‘I bin stockboy longa Nat Buchanan’
- ‘This fella song all about the Aboriginal people, coloured people, black people longa Australia.’
- ‘Me work longa white man all day.’
- ‘Donny go back longa' house and I been goin' out longa' police station.’
- ‘He told us you go longa camp; Larry and Archie longa creek.’
- ‘Follow him there longa grass now.’
- ‘Sposin' bad smell you put bone longa nose no smell 'im.’
- ‘You go longa camp, fix food for old people, come back longa my camp.’
- ‘Too many people were longa that place.’
- ‘Chase them cattle longa bush.’
- ‘Ah, you knock about longa them boys, eh?’
Late 19th century: Australian pidgin, perhaps an alteration of ‘belonging to’.
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