over het idioom 'te veel monden'

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over het idioom 'te veel monden'

Post by gustaaf kusno » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:12 am

Is saying 'te veel monden' meaning 'praatgraag' (talkative in English) correct in Dutch? This expression is commonly used by the Dutch-speaking senior citizens in Indonesia. Or is it merely an idiom explicitly used in former Dutch colony Indonesia? Heel erg bedankt.

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Re: over het idioom 'te veel monden'

Post by andreengels » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:25 am

gustaaf kusno wrote:Is saying 'te veel monden' meaning 'praatgraag' (talkative in English) correct in Dutch? This expression is commonly used by the Dutch-speaking senior citizens in Indonesia. Or is it merely an idiom explicitly used in former Dutch colony Indonesia? Heel erg bedankt.
No, I have not met this idiom in Dutch. I find it a strange image too - I'd more expect something like "een te grote mond" (except that a 'grote mond' just like the English 'big mouth' already means impertinence). Checking in Google, I find "te veel monden" being used in two meanings: "te veel monden te voeden" (too many mouths to feed) and "met te veel monden spreken" (either too many people speaking for one entity, or one person or entity saying too many different, conflicting things about the same subject)

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Re: over het idioom 'te veel monden'

Post by gustaaf kusno » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:30 pm

thanks a lot for the information. It's amazing to know that there are some 'invented' Dutch idioms known only to senior Indonesian citizens.

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