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.
|ban tsan tsan
|bo k’ao bo pe
|not crying for no father
|a very silent person
|yiu bin yiu k’ang
|t’ao tsia bo tsit tsui
|didn’t wipe his mouth after eating
|doing something wrong yet leaving traces
First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 29, no. 3 (July 5-18, 2016): 13.