Bumbai – Pidgin English Definition

(bum bye)

Definition: otherwise; or else; later; later on
Used In A Sentence: You better shut up bum bai yo foddah gets home and scolz you.
In English?: You better behave before I tell your father when he gets home.

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  • It’s an adaption of ‘by and by’ meaning ‘later or soon’ going back to days when pidgin evolved as a language that sugar cane plantation workers from diverse cultural backgrounds used to communicate with each other. Love the language, love the culture, love Hawai’i!

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