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.
|kê kê bi-eng
|everyone is ferocious
ridiculously arrogant and feeling self-important.
|bo tsu bo ee
undecided, pertaining to one who can’t make up his mind.
|niao sua siu
|cat moving nest
describing a person who often move house just like a cat
|ho sai kao
to describe a person who does not care about his appearance.
|yong di sia ti pa tsia
|the word “brave” written on the back
to describe crude and boorish people who is unable to foresee the consequences of his actions