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.
|我的心肝||gua eh sim knua||my heart and liver||to express |
|碎糊糊||tsui ko ko||broken into bits |
|變無蚊||pni bo bang||unable to create |
|coming up |
|後生家||hao snee ke||young generation||the next |
|差啊天和地||tsa-ah t’ni |
|difference is as |
wide as heaven
|comparing apples and oranges; no |