50 insults/retorts only Singaporeans will appreciate
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To celebrate SG50, what better way to mark 50 years of progress than celebrating our creative use of language? It’s 50 years in the making and whether you’re pissed, frustrated or irritated, nothing beats Singlish in laying the smack down on someone.
Here are 50 you can use without having to resort to vanilla vulgarities.
Usually not a good sign if your boss tells you that.
We all have one or two special friends like that.
The beauty of Singlish. You understand what this means intrinsically without needing an explanation.
When there is someone you despise intensely.
I C U C I C U
You’ve had an awesome childhood if you know what that means.
One quarter fish, three quarters duck
Another classic from our schooling days. Because the F-bomb was just taboo.
Your eyes paste stamp / Bak kiu tak stamp
This phrase was coined years ago in preparation for the arrival of Instagram and #selfies.
Used to describe political parties in The Real Singapore.
Can be used to describe a dish, a person, a situation, or a timing. And they all mean different things.
Used on people who are like film extras, but in real life.
Our word for klutz. But gabra sounds more like what it describes.
For those not proficient in Chinese, direct translation: Look like Juliet from afar, but look like Pigsy up close.
Usually used to describe someone’s work, but also can be used on a person who is generally slipshod or happy-go-lucky.
Why waste time saying horrible and incorrigible when you can say it in one word?
When ‘ugly’ just doesn’t cut it.
A local flavoured ‘head in your ass’ rendition isn’t complete without our use of ‘backside’ or ‘backsai’
Well the ladies can also use this to describe a guy’s crotch. Just saying…
If only you could use it on supervisors suggesting pointless initiatives to look good in front of the boss.
When you see the sign ‘wet paint’ you know your backside will start to itch.
Cry Mother Cry Father / KPKB
We all have that friend who can’t stop yapping.
Similar to pattern more than badminton but this can also mean that person likes to talk cock.
When ‘shit’ and ‘damn’ just doesn’t cut it but ‘bastard’ is just too strong a word.
Continued from here.
Try not to look like the cat when you say orbigood. You will get punched in the face. You can try flapping your arms like a chicken instead.
Have you seen a spider scuttle across your table? Yes that’s how people look like when they are kancheong.
There is no point. That is the point.
It’s ok if you’re as cute as the cat.
It means carry balls. If you don’t know what it means, maybe it is because you haven’t started working yet.
Kiasi: Scared of bad things happening to you. Like someone robbing you. Or dying.
You’re very Kiasu
Kiasu: The intense fear of losing out on good stuff. Or being last to the party.
Trying to do something? You can count on your Sabo King friend to spoil it for you.
Did something wrong? You can count on your Pao Toh King colleague to rat on you.
Surfing Facebook? You can count on your Complain King FB friend to fill your feed with rants. Especially against the gahmen.
Turned up early for an appointment? You can count on your Pangseh King friend to cancel on you last minute. Yup, not even sorry.
Just enlist? You can count on your Wayang King platoon mate to pretend to be very hardworking in front of the sergeant but actually very expertly leave things like setting up the basha tent to his buddy.
He sell backside one
Well some people just earned way more money than you think they are capable of. So there’s only one explanation for it.
There will always someone who has to get 99 roses instead of a normal bouquet. Or do an epic flash mob proposal complete with video crew for YouTube uploading later.
Not just ugly. But fugly.
Yes some people or situation looks like it’s been hit by shit. And it is ok to tell them that.
When long long means never.
You go and die lah
Singapore’s version of ‘go to hell’. We use this so it is applicable to friends who have no religion and therefore have no hell to go to.
I also dunno.
For the ang mo pai or banana.
Stir shit / La Sai
Some people just want to watch the world burn.
Usually a term reserved for referees.
You very loh soh
Only can use it on your mother. But not mother-in-law.
You could use ‘go home la you’ but the Malay version has better flavour. Just like their food.
Stare what stare
Usually ends up with a lot more insults. But rarely a fight.
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