September 25, 2008

Bawal...



I did a double take when I saw this sign. I thought: who would be stupid enough to penalize victims of the dreaded mandurukot? Would there even be enough cash left to pay the fine? Unless, of couse, this was some creative ploy to warn the unwary about presence of pickpockets in these parts...

Then I realized: I have been so used to thinking in Tagalog that it took awhile for me to recognize that the sign was in Bicol. "Dukot" (pronounced the way you say "sagot") is literally "dikit." The warning on the wall is the Bicol translation of the classic "Post No Bill."

Oh well. Posting bills may be up for penalty, but there's nothing on the wall that says graffiti is not allowed.

5 comments:

Abaniko said...

I even thought "bawal magpakidnap" e. Hehe.

Rudy said...

Hahaha! :-D

kayni said...

that is confusing =), i had to read your explanation in order to get it.

Annamanila said...

Hahaha! Which reminds me I haven't seen that sign "Post no bill" for a while .. or do I just gloss over it when I see it, as I would gloss over a cliche phrase.

cherie said...

katawa ini, menchie, hahaha!!!