When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (81)

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.

腳忙手亂 k’a bang tsiu luan busy feet,
disorder hands
so busy in a
disarrayed situation
雜雜滴滴 tsap tsap ti ti mixed and dripping too many petty things
to handle
無影無一跡 boo yna bo tsit tsia no shadow and no traces at all purely fictitious or
made up
有頭有尾 uu t’ao uu beh with head and tail to start something and
bring it to conclusion
臭耳臭觸 tsao hee tsao tak stinky ear a lazy person who
pretends not to hear
the instructions

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