When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (85)

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
我的心肝 gua eh sim knua my heart and liver to express
deep
family affection
碎糊糊 tsui ko ko broken into bits
and pieces
broken
beyond
repair
變無蚊 pni bo bang unable to create
mosquitoes
coming up
with
nothing
後生家 hao snee ke young generation the next
generation males
差啊天和地 tsa-ah t’ni
kap twe
difference is as
wide as heaven
and earth
comparing apples and oranges; no
comparison
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