When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (89)

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
替人打尻川
(屁股)
t’wue lang
p’a k’a-tseng
buttocks spanked on
behalf of someone
to shoulder the
consequences for
someone
打死賣鹽 p’a si bue yam kill the salt vendor to insinuate that food
is too salty
歪嘴斜目 wai tsuì tsuâ bak twisted mouth and
slanted eyes
to describe ugly
looking people
狡怪 kao kuai sly and cunning describing a crafty,
tricky person who acts with ulterior motives
倒啊四腳向天 pua-ah si k’a
hiong tni
fall on one’s back with arms and legs facing the sky total failure or loss in
one’s goal
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