When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (41)

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.

死皮龜 si p’e ku like a dead turtle describing a lazy person
南臭屁 lam tsao p’ui smelly fart object of fragile, easy to break. Also pertaining to clumsy and weak persons
毋沙八 um sna pat not acquainted not acquainted
三日討魚二日曬網 neng dit t’o hee sna dit p’ak bang three days fishing but drying net only two days laziness
雜撈到 tsap lao tao everything mixed together assemble of many different things or people
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