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On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM, Bertrand Mansion <> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 8:25 PM, Bertrand Mansion <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 7:32 PM, KHMan <> wrote:
>>> Stefan Sandberg wrote:
>>>> As far as I know, 'lua' became slang for restroom in hawaii after
>>>> portuguese explorers used it to ask for the bathroom,
>>>> hinting at the carving of a crescent moon often decorating the door.
>>>> No idea where the origins of the martial art comes from though, but I
>>>> doubt it's related, no :)
>>> [Sorry in advance if this is getting to OT]
>>> In the old days, outhouses are huts that have a hole in the ground. Hole ==
>>> lua. Why would anyone carve a crescent moon on the door of an outhouse?
>>> Mythology around the Pacific had a lot to say about 'princesses on the moon'
>>> kind of myths, so it is highly unlikely one would do something so negative
>>> as to associate a crescent moon with an outhouse. Also there is no intuitive
>>> match in meaning from crescent moon to outhouse.
>>> Are you sure someone wasn't pulling your leg? :-) Some independent
>>> confirmation of the story would be a good thing.
>> Lua means hole or pit in Hawaiian. I guess Hawaiians, like many other
>> people, use holes for toilets, so if you want to go to the toilets
>> there, you ask for the hole. It doesn't mean lua means toilets... It
>> has nothing to do with the Portuguese crescent moon although that made
>> me laugh :)
>> <>
> Actually, I have found a definition that fits Lua perfectly, even in Hawaiian:
> LU-A, s. See LUA, adj. A second; an equal; an assistant; a copy of a
> writing. Kanl. 17:18.
> Doesn't this sound like the perfect embedded language :)
> <>

Sorry for the flood, but for the sake of completeness, this one gives
all the definitions: