The Timorese sniff


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It’s not even a sniff really – more of a short, sharp, outward exhalation through the nose. I don’t know why so many Timorese people do it. It may be that people in every country do it and I’ve just failed to notice, but everywhere I go, there are Timorese people doing this weird, outward sniff.

Try it for yourself. All you need to do is hold your breath and completely close the entrance to your windpipe so that even if you try and exhale, you can’t. Then let it all come out in a shot, sharp burst through your nose. And then repeat every few minutes.

I’m not fully clued on the anatomies of Timorese people, so it may be that there’s something about their noses I’m unaware of, or perhaps I’m an idiot for noticing something that nobody else cares about, but those little sniffs have been bugging me for a while and I just had to tell someone about it.

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One thought on “The Timorese sniff

  1. i know what you mean. i know most people living in the neighbouring country – west side of Timor Leste do that a lot too. and usually people who do that have problems with their sinuses (sinusitis or something).

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