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Old 31 January 2008, 07:23 PM
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Comment: I wanted to verify an old Hollywood rumor of the origin of some
of the language used in the old Tarzan movies. Specifically, the word
"umgowa" was used, and I have heard this either came from the background
actors' answer to where they were going for lunch (to visit nearby
restaurants on Gower street, thus "um, Gower") or the writers' choice of
bar locations on the same street (the same response though likely more
slurred if alcohol was involved).
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Old 31 January 2008, 07:28 PM
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I had always heard it as "oongawa." Gary Larsen transliterates it that way in a couple of "The Far Side" strips.

Strongly suspect it's just gibberish.

(Can anyone figure out "La Itay Zun" from "The Prisoner?")

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Old 31 January 2008, 07:31 PM
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I admit to doing the Dobie Gillis thing and going away to college to take Swahili, but isn't that Swahili for "Come this way?"

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Old 01 February 2008, 07:53 AM
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Why not do some googling?

http://www.yhbt.com/article.php?story=2003091403365861
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Thanks, I didn't say that I passed Swahili, did I?

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