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Sming Smong




This is a satiric take on a Khasi colloquialism 😄


"Sming Smong" is a dangerous disorder afflicting convent-educated/ foreign-returned/ YouTube fixated youths and grown-ups alike, who are often compelled to speak in English or Khalish when in the company of others and having a strong sense of one's own merit and a poor concept of the worth in others. The ailment mysteriously disappears when the individuals are not in a situation where they feel threatened or feel the need to show-off. Smings smongs are often at odds with the majority.



Kane ka dei ka jingthoh biria mo 😄


Ka "Sming Smong" ka dei ka jingshitom kaba ma kaba ju wan ha kiba leit skul konben, kiba wan phai na ri nongwei, ki samla kiba sahkut ha ka jylli ka YouTube bad kiba lah heh lah san ruh kumjuh; kibym lah khlem kren da ka phareng ne Khalish haba don bad kiwei bad kiba don bha kata ka jingsngew sarong ïa ka jinglah lajong bad ka kheiñ troiñ ïa ka bor jong kiwei. Kaba lyngngoh ka long ba kane ka jingpang ka jah rngai haba kine ki briew kim sngew donkam ban put turoi ïalade ne ban pyni ïa ka jinglong "riewshai" jong ki ha kiwei. Bunsien ki sming smong ki ju long beit kibym ïahap ne kiba marpyrshah ïa u babun balang.


Over the years "Sming Smong" which is loaded with sarcasm, has become a colloquialism in Khasi conversation, referring to someone who has "perhaps" (air quotes please) lost his or her Khasi distinctness because of western conditioning 😁😂😅 Ngi dei ki sming smong lut baroh, mano ba lah ban len 😅😁😂 Kane ka jingthoh ka thew ïa ngi shuwa ïalade bad lada phi don kitei ki jinglong ba la kdew haneng, kata ka mut phi lah pang sming smong 😆🤡🤣 Khublei Shikhohtyndaw ïa i Dr. Ellerine Diengdoh iba la phah ïa kane ka sming smong post. 😂😂🤓 Phi te phi lah nang palat! 🟡 Khasi translation by @speakyourroots

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