By Braddah Lance
Every once in awhile WWD! runs into a few posters who decide to hate instead of appreciate. Or at da very least respect wat something is all about.
Last week, a poster basically called me "fake" on the "It Sucks...." blog:
March 9th, 2012 at 10:12 am edit
Enough already with the phony pidgin. You make yourself look really silly. If can, can. if no can, no can.
Guess wat Brah? CAN! Oh wait, did I use your Pidgin correctly?
Isn't it funny how sometimes even people who are "local" can hate on oddah locals without knowing 'em not even one bit. At least I would tink dis person is local cause wit a tag name like Eradication I would have to tink s/he wants fake Pidgin speaking people out of Hawai'i.
Without even having read - I'm just assuming - WWD! for any amount of time, you can conclude from a single blog dat I'm fake? It takes a minimum of three blogs to figgah out dat I stay lolo.
Contrary to anyone's belief - current or long time reader - my native tongue is actually Pidgin. I grew up speaking it because English "rules" are frickin' complex, I sucked at vocabulary, my neighborhood was Pidgin prone and between trying to communicate with my parents in Korean, Pidgin came da most natural to me.
And contrary to any locals belief, Pidgin is not Hawaiian. It's a mixture of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean which was jammed together in order for da plantation workahs to communicate with da haoles which were usually their bosses. It's a language for da "people" of Hawai'i and should I dare say, da language of da working class.
Maybe das why I'm so comfortable with it.
Just ask anyone who's a faithful Kwonic dat's met me in real life, I'm surah they'll attest to dat. I even throw some Pidgin in work emails but nevah to "bosses", only da peons like me. Or bettah yet, ask Da Wife.... although sometimes even she doesn't understand me.
While I may not be full on moke action, I'm a conversational Pidgin speaking person first who can turn it on or off should da situation call for it but it's usually on and gets worse (so Da Wife says) once I've partaken in some refreshing beverages.
As far as da blog goes, yes, it may be kinda weird dat you "see" Pidgin because I don't believe it's so much a written language but a conversational one at dat. Das why there are different ways to spell commonly used words like Wassup / Wassap or Wat / Wot or even Braddah / Bruddah.
I do try to limit da written Pidgin language so da malahini or "fakers" can follow da blog. And yes, I do agree sometimes da posters themselves go all out and it can get confusing or make themselves look "silly", but das how Pidgin is communicated. It's da love of our language dat makes dis blog special. It's da love of da language dat makes Hawai'i unique and fun. If it's so difficult to read or understand, then you must not enjoy it or not open to oddah people speaking it if it's not coming out of your own mouth but in any case, there's no reason to hate anyone trying to share it.
In truth, I too laugh, mock, tease those who don't have a natural tongue (those who know Pidgin know wat I mean) wen they try but I nevah evah tell them no try or no speak Pidgin as they themselves are only assimilating unless they are ridiculing to which if they do, I take offense very personally because I am passionate about da 808.
So in turn, I appreciate Eradication's hate on everyone that's been trying to perpetuate Hawai'i's adopted language attempt and will from this day forth discontinue Pidgin from being spoken on Wassup Wit Dat! since it's so silly and fake......
Wop Yo' Jaw!
Go find anoddah blog to hate on my braddah or sistah.