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Ajo, nagu di ja!

HEARING THE EXPR Title – if you are an Ibaloi; or, if you’ve sufficient knowledge about them and/or their language, you’ll immediately exclaim:

“IT IS NOT-LIKE Ibaloi!” Then, later shortly.. you move back and say: “Wait, but it looks like it is! Or, is it a dialect – or, one of the dialects, of Nabaloi’, as they say?”

RIGHT.. YOU ARE! It is one of the ‘varieties’ (linguists call them ‘Accents’). Where our EXPR Title derives is from the Middle up to the Lower-Middle Agno settlements of the Ibaloi ethnos.

OTHER SPEAKERS OF Nabaloi – both in and out-of Benguet (e.g. Valencia, Bukidnon; Kidapawan City; Narra, Palawan; Caranglaan, Nueva Ecija; even in 3rd Homeland-Nueva Vizcaya) would rather render the aforestated EXPR.

1)AYU, NGANTOI ALI shen jai! Or, 2) Ajo, ngaran ni khabul era din jai! Or, 3) Ajjo, ngattei shan erenjay?/! or, the simple, ‘singular’ form: 4) Ayu, ngantoi eyai?/!

EXCEPT ‘VERSION’ #4), which is an obvious, ‘short-cut’ singular form and translatable to English (lit. “Why this~?/!”) , all the rest, i.e. #s 1), 2), 3), as well as our Title shall come to the Approximity of: EXPR (Ayu/Ajjo), why are all these (strange) things now happening?/! (n.b. our use of ?/! is just to indicate that the utterance can be rendered as either: an Interrogative (Wondering); or, an Exclamation (Surprise, Excitement, etc.)).

OUR EXAMPLES NOW for ‘things strange’ those Middle and Lower-Middle Agno Ibalois use the EXPR: “Ajjo, nagu di ja!” First,

WHEN THEY LEARN – or observe: some young people consanguinally-related to each other, but “in-love”; and/or later: even get married!

FOR THEM - OR in their generation(s) – post or prior, it was a case of ‘one-in-a-million’ – if it ever happened. Some of them even say, such never happened (before) – as far as they can remember. So, they say the EXPR (Supra.). And then

SOME OF THEIR listeners – or they themselves(!).. after ‘some moment’ reflections, start saying, or ‘blaming’: the TV, radio.. oh, Yes! the cellphone and”

DO WE AGREE with them? Maybe to some point(s).. but try, as we do, to r.e.s.t.a.r.t our thoughts and reflections:

IF WE PERCHANCE – at some ‘free-times’ we have, tell (or re-tell) our children who our parents/grandparents’ siblings are, they’ll have better initial ideas who their bloodkin are; and in their own Generation or ages, said children – or grandchildren shall know what to say(.. or not to say) to any of their co-generation kin in Future time!

WITH SOME MORE data we can add telling them who our parents’ cousins are, so our children can be able to ‘distinguish’ who their ‘close’ and ‘distant’ relatives are, etcetera. With these in-mind, they can have better precisions of judgements e.g. for friendships, mutual assistance, even lasting relationships. Second, and in relation to the first,

(TWO) ‘PARTIES’ ONLY come to know they were ‘not-supposed’ to engage against each other – after or during in-juxta positions, e.g. a civil case of Land Ownership; a ‘non-moral turpitude’ hearing of Physical Injuries; or maybe a simple, ‘versus’ Contest, viz. political, athletic, academic (e.g. scholarships).

AND THE OBSERVER(S) say: “Ajjo, nagu di ja! (EXPR, why are these happening!).. Lot owner X versus his ‘uncle’ (Maternal cousin).. over a used-to-be small, uncultivated lot space; or, ‘2nd cousins’ Oyat and Coyat in a rambol rumble incident; or, Apo Matt Tihbay vs. Hugh Matbal for Alcalde-mayor, one-on-one!”

AND THESE THINGS obtaining, we may not blame it solely on: media, et. al. nor on influences of Environment, For

THERE ARE OTHER ‘root-causes’ to consider, for instance: (cf. the First, Supra.) “Lack of genealogical learning from the parents; un-equipment of the Juxtapositionists on Custom Law (cf.the cited Lot ownership case); or even secured or plain Indifference – on the part of the present contestants – to the Importance and/or ‘Key roles’ of traditional or indigenous practices and precepts. And third or finally:

IF YOU ATTEMPT to counsel or advise; propose; or even suggest, that they refrain or desist from doing this or that thing,

THE COUNSELLED ONES do instead “the opposites”; they become Pasaways – more bent to amplify your worries and tension, and you sigh: EXPR Ajjo, and so forth. So, how do we deal with situations like these?

OUR INFORMANTS – PROFESSORS Rafael M. and Jose A. included, say: “Reverse them too.. Tell them: to proceed, to go on, but cite nonetheless the Consequences! ‘Sige, aramiden you, ngem biang yo ti resultas!’

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