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RESULTS: 3 ITEMS FOR LANGUAGE Wemba Wemba

Wemba Wemba [xww]
Source: Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages has produced and distributed a large number of apps for iPhones and iPads catalogued here and which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. These apps contain stories and other learning materials in languages including Gunditjmara, Gunnai/Kurnai, and Wemba Wemba.
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Source: Australian National Dictionary Centre/Barry Blake/Luise Hercus
Moomba is the name of a carnival held annually in Melbourne. While its folk etymology is "Let’s get together and have fun", in fact ‘moom’ (mum) in some Victorian Aboriginal languages (such as Wemba Wemba) means ‘buttocks’ or ‘anus’, and ‘ba’ is a suffix meaning ‘at’ or &losquo;in’.

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Source: Jessica Milner Davis/The Fine Print
See the Endnotes starting p 26 which note that in fact ‘moom’ means “buttocks” or “anus” in various Victorian languages and ‘ba’ is a suffix meaning “at”, “in” or “on”, so that Moomba represents someone’s attempt to render “up your bum” in these languages (source: Barry Blake, 1981. Australian Aboriginal Languages).
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