When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (78)

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.

Idioms,
expressions
Hokkien
pronunciation
Literal
translation
Meaning
無教示 bo ka si not properly taught to describe bad-mannered people
兇死死 hiong si si ugly to death utterly, extremely ugly
毋甘願 um kam guan not willingly unwilling to wield something
燒酒仙 sio-tsiu sian alcoholic immortal drunkard
骯髒嘴 am tsam tsui dirty mouth bad-mouthing
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