NZTC International Word of the Week: tu’tanari

Date
Mar
31
20150331

NZTC International Word of the Week: tu’tanari

In the Kiribati language the word tu’tanari refers to the space between the eyebrows, or the ‘glabella’ in English. In most European languages the Latin word glabellus, meaning ‘smooth’, is used to form the word for this rarely-mentioned anatomical feature. The Chinese characters for this spot are: 眉间.

The language of Kiribati (pronounced ‘kiribas’) is an Austronesian language spoken by most of the population of the South-Pacific nation of Kiribati (103,000 in 2010), formerly known as the Gilbert Islands.

For online Kiribati language lessons, go to http://www.trussel.com/f_kir.htm#Gil