Buay Tahan Origin: Hokkien/Malay – means unable to withstand/tolerate any longer. Buay (Hokkien) for “cannot” and tahan (malay) for “withstand” combines together to give the expression that one can no longer withstand or tolerate any longer. It has a similar meaning to the malay phrase “tak boleh tahan” where “tak boleh” means cannot.
Botak Origin: Malay – a word to describe someone that is bald Botak is used to describe someone that is bald and is also used to describe a balding person. It is also commonly used to describe someone who has just gotten a crew cut, especially new recruits to the Singapore Army. Commonly paired with […]
Kena Origin: Malay – To be at the receiving end/suffering of something unpleasant Kena is a malay word to describe someone that is on the receiving end of something unpleasant and it can also mean the person is suffering or afflicted from something. It is often paired with the hokkien term “sai” (shit). So, you will […]
Makan Origin: Malay – literal translation “to eat” Makan is a very commonly used word in Singapore. It is used to ask people if they have eaten or to invite them to eat. It is similar to the hokkien/teochew dialect word “jiak“.
Atas Origin: Malay – a term to describe a person or some place that is high class Atas can be used to describe someone as being arrogant or snobbish but is more commonly used now to describe someone doing things that is high class and of good taste.
Fandi Ahmad Origin: Person – Famous Singaporean Footballer Fandi Ahmad born in 1962 is a retired Singaporean Footballer who plied his trade mainly in the South-East Asia region between late 1970s – 1990s . He also featured for FC Groningen of Netherlands in 1983, famously scoring a goal against Walter Zenga in a UEFA Cup tie […]
Abang Origin: Malay – the term for elder brother and is also informally used to address a malay friend. Abang is a malay term for elder brother or just simply brother. It is common to call a male malay friend “abang” as it is akin to calling him “Hi Bro”.