When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (61)

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.

現吃現走氣 hian tsia hian ki-an k’i effective immediately once taken getting instant results
好物毋定

飽人吃

ho boot mm ting pa lang tsia food no matter how delicious does not attract to a man who is full for wealthy people, valuable objects are no longer attractive
吃老才學

吹鼓吹

tsia lao tsa ô poon ko tse starting to learn how to blow the trumpet when one is old teasing someone not acting his age
黑字毋捌,

白字毋捌

o di mm pat ,

pe di mm pat

cannot recognize black or white characters no read no write, illiterate
打一支給你到 p’a tsi ki t’o

di kao

throw a mahjong tile to let you hit the pot to do acts to tease the receiving side sarcastically
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