#EngVocab: Singlish Vocabularies (2)

So fellas, how did you find the Singlish #EngVocab on Wednesday? :)

As promised, today I will be continuing the Singlish #EngVocab session. So, here they are!

  1. Can. Meaning: usually used as its original meaning and placed at the end of a sentence.
    • Example:
      • “I need you to get this, can?” or
      • “I need you to get this, can or not?”
  2. Siao. Meaning: silly or crazy, or in Bahasa Indonesia similar to “gila” as slang
  3. Botak. Meaning: bald, in Bahasa Indonesia has the same meaning
  4. Kiasu. Meaning: always want to be the first to know (nosey). Sometimes people also say “super kiasu” which is “over-nosey.”
  5. Chop or Chope. Meaning: book(ing), to save a spot. Chop is also a phenomenon in Singapore where people put newspaper, umbrella or even a tissue paper to book their table in a food centre such as the hawker centre.
    • Example:
      • “I chop” means “I book you”.
  6. Shiok. Meaning: delicious/satisfying. Iin Bahasa Indonesia it is known by “puas”.
    • Example:
      • “Shiok to the max!”
      • “Damn shiok!”
  7. (Verb) – ing. Meaning: ptting “-ing” in the end of a word.
    • Example:
      • “karaoke-ing”,
      • “makan-ing”
  8. Kaypoh. Meaning: kepo in Bahasa Indonesia
  9. Kena or Kana. Meaning: just like in Indonesian, it means”got hit,” but in #Singlish an example would be
    • “Kena fire” meaning “dipecat.”
  10. Faster. Meaning: used in the front of a sentence like “faster drive!” or “faster sleep!” like in Indonesian “Cepat tidur!” Meanwhile, in English it should be “you should sleep soon”
  11. Later. Meaning: as it is a direct translation of what the person wants to do next. It is a time based word moved to the front as direct translation from Chinese grammar.
    • Example:
      • “Later we go!” instead of “We go later!”
      • “Faster makan later we go shopping!”
  12. Sabo. Meaning: short form of sabotage. There is also a “Sabo King” which means the king of saboteur
    • Example:
      • “You sabo me lah, how come you never come today?”

Here is an additional input from a Fella:

‘Bocap. Meaning:  I don’t care. “Bo” is pronounced as in “bobo” and “cap” as in “kecap”‘ -(re to @_imeh)

So that’s it for today’s #Singlish #EngVocab :) I hope you find it interesting and useful. Thank you for your participation fellas and see you tomorrow! Don’t forget to visit http://englishtips4u.com  and like http://facebook.com/englishtips4u !

Oh, and want to thank you @della_angelina, Zhen Min and Mithun again for their #Singlish #EngVocab contributions :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on August 30, 2014



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