When words fail, use idioms…Hokkien Style (35)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye. Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys.

横横梗梗

huin huin kè kè

disturbing horizontally

obstructionist

脱赤腳

t’eng tsià k’a

barefoot

barefooted

汁汁滴滴

tsap tsap tì tì

drops and drizzle

bits and pieces

嘴飽目毋飽

tsui pa bak mm pa

mouth full but eyes not full

describing one’s greediness

半目開閉

puan bak k’ui k’uè

eyes half open

turning a blind eye

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