Idioms...Hokkien style

When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (48)

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.

前哭後哭 tsuin k’ao aw k’ao crying in front and at the back lament endlessly to express dissatisfaction
無證無據 bo tsing bo ku no evidence lack of evidence
腳手拉撥架 k’a tsiu la pua ke foot and hand stumbling to describe a clumsy person
粗嘴野斗 tso tsui ya tau rough mouth speaking rudely
賊皮賊骨 tsat p’e tsat kut thief skin, thief bone someone not trustworthy