Idioms...Hokkien style

When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (24)

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, expressionsHokkien pronunciationLiteral translationMeaning
吹風球tsui huang kiublow a ballblabber
厚面皮kao ben p’ethick facenot ashamed of doing wrong things
暗公鳥am kong tsiaonight birdsomeone who sleeps late at  night
緊足接手kin k’a tsiap tsiuquick foot and handquick in doing things
鈴鈴隆隆ling ling long longmaking too much soundmaking too much noise

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 29, no. 4 (July 19-August 8, 2016): 13.