Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Chiak Lat Again

CHIAK v. Eat
LAT adj. Power
(more examples of usage)

Chiak means eat (like I said before), and Lat means power or strength. Together they mean eat power. What? Yes, eat power is an important everyday Hokkien phrase.

Examples of usage:

(1) My daughther is going out with that chiak lat guy! I am so worried. The guy actually tells her that wearing very short skirt is a sign of confidence.

(2) Chiak lat man! You told the Indonesian Malay couple that bak kut teh is goat meat. They keep coming back for more. This is so wrong.

(3) My in-laws are coming to town, have to take them to Cultural Village and Museum. This is the second time this year. Damn chiak lat.

Chiak lat in (1) and (2) clearly denote being in trouble, but (3) implies hard, troublesome work.



Blogger Dragon City said... that also can ah...then how about "si beh ho say liaw la"

March 14, 2006 1:04 AM  
Blogger FH2O said...

SISUAHLAI took away my link! :(


March 14, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger Kong-Kay said...

i think the initial term used was cnia-lat (cnia as in real or really, lat as in serious [severity])
ah tiew pua-pna (sick)
a-cnia-lat boh?
jeep-hospital loh!

March 15, 2006 9:59 AM  
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