Engari mo tēnā!
I realise that the last remark in that rant needs explaining. It'll also let me write something less spleenful, which is a good thing!
This semester, while I am on sabbatical, I have been taking a beginners course in Māori language (with Rewai
who is a fine teacher), during the course Māori TV finally started in NZ, one of their programs is a language lesson called Korero Mai
which I've been watching with Barbara and Richard. Part of the fun is a soap opera, called ākina
, one of the characters, Mere, has a sharp tongue and often retorts with feeling "engari mo tēnā" (I don't think so!) it's become a catch phrase in our house.