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Ka Ngoh ka Ïan





"Ka ngoh ka ïan" ka mut ka syrngiew briew; ka dur ka dar ha bym ïohi shuh ïa ka ïaid ka ïeng la slem ne haba khlem wan rung wan jngoh shuh ha ïing la bun snem.


"Ka ngoh ka ïan" means the shadow of a person; when a person has not been seen out and about for a long time or someone who has not visited for many years.


Subsequently, the word "ïan" implies a reduction, a lessening, a degradation or a weakening of power. So "ka ngoh ka ïan" refers to the reduction or the lessening of how much a person is seen or heard from, to the point that he is reduced to a mere shadow.


In terms of the word "syrngiew", when we haven't seen someone in a long time we say: "Ani…ka syrngiew ruh khlem ïohi shuh lah slem" which means "Oh my…even his shadow has not been seen in so long".


"Ka Ngoh ka Ïan" describes someone who has not been seen or heard from in a long time. These words eloquently capture a kind of loss or absence.
Tag that friend who has become ka ngoh ka ïan 😄😂
🟡 Source: Ka Dienshonhi: The Khasi Encyclopaedic Dictionary by Rev. Dr. Ïarington Kharkongor.
🟡 English translation and explication by @speakyourroots

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