A bit of trivial info and nothing business related but something I have become known for saying amongst my friends who have never heard of it or know where I go it from.
‘O For Orsum’ …..is a very popular phrase for Kiwi’s every where. ‘Nek-minit’ is the latest to evolve out of Kiwiland but that’s another story.
As Kiwi’s we kinda take the piss and laugh at ourselves especially amongst us polynesian people. Music and laughter is part of our culture and who we are.
Many pacific islanders migrate to New Zealand for work and english is our second language, so many mispronounced words are common in our community. For the New Zealand born islanders it is an act of mockery and home town banter at the new island immigrants. So the culture of teasing and mockery of poor english speaking is part of our Kiwi community banter.
With such great diversity in our community of culture, academic and sports prowess we have a richness of people power.
So when a celebrity challenge such as Wheel of Fortune features one of our pacific island Samoan sports stars Tua is featured, we all watch with pride that one of our kind have made it on TV.
Besides music, laughter and sports, warrior type testosterone activity is rich and strong within us. So Rugby and fighting is embedded in our warrior genes……and violence in the neighbourhood is every day living.
So our island celebrity Tua is an Olympic Bronze Medallist Boxer in Bacelona, now climbing his way up into celebrity status, in New Zealand at least. Hoping someday to break it into the world boxing arena as a contender with some of the best. A truly admired island warrior hopeful, carrying the hearts of the people….
Then comes Wheel of Fortune and this happens…..
As a nation of Kiwi’s laugh at the incorrect spelling of a word we all know, we also acknowledge that as a warrior fighter, you don’t need to spell when you face an opponent and rise to the top of boxing domination. But we enjoyed the pleasure of having a new Kiwi saying that is uniquely ours by one of ours.
As much as we mock Tua with community banter, we do acknowledge that he doesn’t need words to back himself up. The man can walk the talk of his journey and still does to this day still boxing and reaching Heavy Weight Championship bouts.
So this phrase I use….. ‘O for Orsum’……. which many of my friends have never heard of before, is as common in New Zealand as any slang word in the english language.
Now, it’s ……Nek-minit….. but that is another story.
If you wish to view some of Tua’s boxing achievements, you can find it on Youtube….. not everybody appreciates the violence of physical sports such as boxing and why I didn’t put a video on here.
Thankyou and Stay Orsum