When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (101)

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
迎新去舊 ying sin k’i ku welcome new,
let go of old
meet the new and discard the old
大排檔 tua pai tong big row of outlets assembly of food stalls/food court
大乳吭小囝 tua-ding hang sio-kna big breast threatening small child old timer trying to harass a novice
新雞仔 sin kue-ya new chick a newbie
算自己的賬 seng kai-ki eh siao calculate one’s own accounts describing a selfish person with no regard for others
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