Boung or boong (pronounced b-ouh-ng, with the ng sounding like
the ng in 'ing')
Yet another example of the white fella's ability to make a random sound
and turn it into a derogatory remark. Probably came
about as an attempt to mimic
one of the many Aboriginal languages (as in "chinese sounds like
chingchogwaaafliedlice", "french sounds like
Australia, mostly by middle-aged to older/elderly Australians, in reference to any Aboriginal or Islander
person; and occassionally in reference to other dark skinnned people (Maori, Fijian, Samoan, African) until the white speaker discovers that
they aren't Aboriginal. Then they are immediately assumed to be a better class of non-white.
"I say, Meryl, did you see that a tribe of boungs has moved into the house down
the street? Tell you what, they're really
going to bring down
the value of the neighbourhood, what with the fighting
and drinking that those types get up to."
"Well I ran into the wife earlier today, John. They're not boungs, they're Samoans."
? Oh well, that's a new kettle
of fish altogether
then. Samoans are such lovely, polite people."