When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (47)

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.

搧給你坐東看西 sam ho di tse tang k’ua sai slap you to seat at east and facing west slapping you hard to express one’s anger/furious
緊腳捷手 kin k’a tsiap tsiu quick feet and hands to describe someone who run errands without delay
疼疼哭 t’ian t’ian k’ao crying pain keep on or too much complaining
放屁安狗心 pang p’ui an kao sim fart to please the dog’s heart taking measures to provide peace of mind
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