Uso! (or Uce!) Toko! Siana! All terms we use – from different islands in the Pacific – to refer to our brothers. Our buds. Our ride-or-die boyeeeez.

All good.

But if you want to use the Samoan word uso correctly, especially if you’re speaking with people (like your elders) who might actually get confused if words aren’t used right, then this handy guide from One Samoana will help:

So basically, your brother isn’t your uso unless you are also a male. And if you’re a girl, then your uso is actually your sister.

Got it?

It’s always good to know the rules before you break them with style. A ea, Uce?


About LTA

Explorer of stuff, student of life, trekker of stars, collector of pretty things, builder of dreams, known irl as Lillian Arp... I'm also that TideTalking, Hamo Geek Girl from One Samoana 😉
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