Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Doe Family

Sometimes, i heard about "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" in a movie, mostly when there's a person whose identity is still unknown (mostly for dead people, like in CSI or 24). I ran a search on Google and found an entry on Wikipedia. It seems that they have a name also for baby, called "Baby Doe" or "Precious Doe". What's more interesting is that Wikipedia list Informal names for unknown or unspecified persons in various countries/regions and Indonesia has one also, called Si Anu / Fulan. It seems very strange since i have never seen any Indonesian movies use this words (Anu) for people whose identity is still unknown. Mostly people use this word when he/she forgot somebody's name. And the second word is more uncommon than the previous one. I wonder where did they get this information big grin

Have you heard of it?
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3 comments:

  1. setau saya, kalo fulan itu dari bahasa arab, dan yang sering saya dengar pake kata itu orang betawi. entah ada relasinya atau engga :D

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  2. Benar Will, Fulan itu dari bahasa arab dan similar dengan Anu, untuk menyebutkan seseorang yang namanya tidak kita ingat atau malah tidak kita ketahui.

    Contohnya, kalau sedang ada acara baca doa untuk seseorang yang nama bapaknya nggak diketahui, dibilang saja, "Kita doakan si Anu bin fulan" gitu...

    Sering digunakan oleh orang Betawi karena orang Betawi kerap berdoa dalam bahasa Arab dan ini memang jadi tradisi. Saya kebetulan orang Betawi juga, hehehe...

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  3. ohh gitu :D
    maklum, bukan orang betawi hehehe

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