he sprinkled sayings from the local language [sprinkle]


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He got cheers when he sprinkled sayings from the local Malay Laguage.
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    The larger context is that this must be a comment about Barak Obama's used of Malay during his visit to Indonesia.

    Perhaps the best WR definition is
    B verb
    3 scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
    distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"

    You can decorate a cake with sprinkles (appropriately named) -- little bits of colored candy -- by letting them fall from your fingers in an irregular pattern on the icing of the cake.

    Here it is somewhat the same thing: He has used occasional bits of Malay language in his English speech -- much to the delight of the audience.

    Edit: And then there's shawnee's much pithier and equally accurate version. :)
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