- smelly, any very bad smell
- smell of burning hair, burning garbage
Bali dataran dialect
Bali aga dialect
Pengit-pengitan sera, gede gunane.[example 1]
Literally: 'Sera has a very bad small but it has a big use'; refers to something or someone that has a bad appearance, but nevertheless is good or useful or important.
Yen alih aji potongan, ia mula tusing cara model. Keto masih kulitne masawang selem. Sakewala yen suba magae, Ia cager maimbuh jujur. Buka pengit-pengitan serane, gede gunane.[example 2]
If we look at her appearance, for sure she doesn't look like a model. Her skin is rather dark as well. However, when she works, she is reliable and honest. As people say, shrimp paste smells awful but very useful.
⚙ Usage examples pulled from the Virtual Library
In Balinese: Sekadi nak maosang pengit pengitan sera, liu mase gunane.
In Indonesian: Pupuk itulah akan dipergunakan untuk menyuburkan tumbuhan seperti, sayur mayur dan buah-buahan.
- Fred Eiseman Jr, Proverbs 1987
- Fred Eiseman