When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (91)

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
扛皇帝借膽 kang hong-te tsiô tna borrow gall bladder from the emperor courageous enough to perform a task with very unusual nerve
鴨母腳 âh-boo k’a female duck’s feet describing one who waddles like a duck
顛顛倒倒 t’ian t’ian t’o t’o silly someone acting out of place or frivolously
腳來手來 k’a lai tsiu lai foot comes, hand comes a touchy-feely person
無遮無截 bo tsnia bo tsa no covering, no blocking nothing to hide
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