(Just in case you're wondering, this is for my own chapter in New Malaysian Essays 1. I will be writing something that will be called either 'An Uncensored Malaysian Dictionary' or the title of this here blog post. The chapter will be around 12,000 words long and will of course include definitions, usage examples (which should be fun to write) and, wherever possible, etymology. I will collect many here, then pick my favourites and work from those. When read from start to finish it is meant to tell a kind of story. I am inspired, believe it or not, by Nabokov's Pale Fire).
5. Ah beng
6. Ah kua
7. Ah long
12. Anak ikan
13. Ang pow
14. An-nay (provided by POP! ARE US)
15. Apa kes (provided by RAMLEE)
16. Apanama (provided by RAMLEE)
19. Ayat (provided by KEN KIN)
23. Bahalul (provided by DANNY LIM)
24. Baik punya
26. Balun (provided by AZMYL)
27. Bangali (provided by POP! ARE US)
28. Bangang (provided by DANNY LIM)
30. Bangsat (provided by POP! ARE US)
35. Batu api
36. Beb ((provided by DANNY LIM)
37. Bebal (provided by DANNY LIM)
38. Best (provided by ANDREW)
40. Blah (provided by AZMYL)
45. Bongok (provided by DANNY LIM)
55. Burit (provided by TIPTRA)
58. Cabut (provided by AZMYL)
60. Catch no ball (provided by JY)
63. Celaka (provided by LIFF)
64. Chabo (provided by DANNY LIM)
70. Cipap (provided by M.ZUL)
75. Control hensem
77. Cover line
80. Dajal (provided by ALIA)
84. DLL (dan lain-lain) (provided by XMOCHA)
85. Duit kopi
88. Feng shui
89. Feng tau
91. Fren (provided by JY)
95. Gam (provided by POP! ARE US)
98. Gempak (provided by ZALEE)
103. Goblok (provided by TIPTRA)
104. Gol (as in death)
105. Gone case (provided by DANNY LIM)
107. Gostan (and its opposite, gohed, is provided by SAHARIL)
110. Gwailoh (provided by DANNY LIM)
111. Hai lo (provided by TAY SY)
112. Haiya (provided by POP! ARE US)
113. Halal (provided by ANDREW)
114. Half-past six (provided by JY)
115. Ham sap
116. Hampeh (provided by LIFF)
119. Hapchu (provided by SHARON BAKAR)
125. Jalan (incl. jalan-jalan)
131. Joli ((provided by DANNY LIM)
132. Jom ((provided by DANNY LIM)
135. Kacau (provided by ANDREW)
139. Kan (provided by TAY SY)
140. Kan chong (provided by TAY SY)
143. Kasi can
144. Kau tim
146. Kay poh
147. Kayu (provided by TIPTRA)
158. Kiasi (provided by TAY SY)
162. Kongsi ((provided by DANNY LIM)
167. Koyak (provided by AZMYL)
168. Kuku (provided by TAYSY)
169. Kurang ajar
170. Kurang manis
173. Lahanat (provided by SAHARIL)
174. Laidat (provided by TED MAHSUN)
178. Lancap (provided by KEN KIN)
182. Lanyak ((provided by DANNY LIM)
184. Layan (provided by AZMYL)
186. Lempang ((provided by DANNY LIM)
187. Leng chai
188. Leng loi
189. Lepak (provided by TIPTRA)
194. Lubang (produced by GRACE SHU)
195. Ma fan
196. Ma hai
199. Main (incl. main-main)
200. Mak Datin
202. Malu (incl. malu-malu)
207. Mat fit (provided by AZMYL)
208. Mat salleh
213. Menten (provided by AZMYL)
214. Menyampah (provided by TIPTRA)
215. Meraban (provided by AZMYL)
220. Muka seposen / Ten-sen face
221. Ngam (incl. ngam-ngam)
226. Opocot ((provided by DANNY LIM)
232. Pangsai (provided by DANNY LIM)
236. Pecah lubang
238. Pengsan (provided by ANDREW)
240. Perasan (provided by TIPTRA)
242. PM (provided by ANDREW)
249. Poyo (provided by DANNY LIM)
250. Projek (provided by DANNY LIM)
254. Rilek ((provided by DANNY LIM)
259. Saje (provided by DANNY LIM)
262. Sapu ((provided by DANNY LIM)
264. Sayur (provided by AZMYL)
270. Sempoi (provided by JULIANA CHOO)
277. Sky juice
284. Steng (provided by AZMYL)
287. Sub sub suay (provided by MISBEN)
290. Surat layang
292. Tai kor
293. Tai tai
300. Tembak (provided by DANNY LIM)
302. Terbalik (provided by TAY SY)
305. Teruk (provided by ANDREW)
309. Tokkok (talk cock)
313. Wa lau eh
any further suggestions? :-)
what about CIPAP?
thanks! it is now added. together with telur (as in balls), cucuk (as in provoke).
i wonder if people still say 'boria' when two or more people accidentally turn up with similar outfits.
also, if 'kosong-kosong' as a way to settle debts is too specific, reserved only for Hari Raya, and not used by anyone else.
well, i have kept them in provisionally.
(and if i have feng tau, why don't u have dangdut? hmmm...)
My wife uses boria once in a while.
I'd nominate "laidat" (like that).
taik lembu? hmmm...apa kes?
i don't mind taik, as in 'buat taik' though.
"pengsan", "teruk", and "best"?
'sial' i will cover under 'siut'.
'gampang' is more indo, kan?
thanks for the other 2:-)
Am also adding 'ponteng.'
Where do you draw the line when it comes to insults. There's a rich, multi-lingual source of must-use words and phrases there.
i will shove everything in first, then edit. my criteria for the moment: it has to be a word that is used even by people who are not (at that moment) speaking that particular language. like saying 'lancau' when speaking engish.
nabbeh (as in nabbeh cibaiii)
Tiuuuuu (ni ah seng)
Kepala bapak (engkau)
Kepala otak (engkau)
Lim teh / Lim chui
apa kehe ko ni?
kayu (as in referee kayu)
I added miang just before your message.
Together with gatal, selamba, leceh.
kimak? I heard chinese and indians saying that too. they even say "puki anjing"
or maybe hanjin.
on top of my head:
and from sarawak:
nisik, or sik (no)
taik ogek (that white yellow stuff in unbrushed teeth)
LAHANAT (aka LAKNAT)
and GOHED (sebab ada GOSTAN)
'sundal' is used a bit more than 'jalang', methinks.
hai lo (yes! in kantonis)
lan eh (same as wa liao)
kan chong (nervous)
kan (mean tiu)
tiu ni ah seng (fuck you)
tebalek (upside down)
kiasi (afraid to die in hokkian)
do u think u can pass me your e-mail....i want to send you some stuff from this writer friend of mine.Ill tell you more in the mail.
kancah2001 at yahoo dot com.
i already put "laan si" what. maybe alternate spelling ;-)
Muka tak mandi
bro, u forgot "puki tiang!" :)
wa lau eh!
gam (kena gam)
ramly (ramly burger)
koko leng piau (well not quite, but i figure this is a good bet to make it famous and take credit for it :))
ta fu ke (or however its spelt)
kibod (kaki bodek...a recent addition by ASWARA students)
ku ku cau
see la/see la how
kaya (roti bakar)
An-ne (...at the mamak)
if you say so la
your wish la
police n thief
If I don't put in a suggested entry, it doesn't mean you're stupid or anything. It just means that I can't imagine writing a whole paragraph about those words.
hello brader.. amacam "gempaq" boleh lupa?
"PM", "Gila", "Sibuk", "Sabo" as in Sabotaj.
One more... how can we forget this one "Halal"
"benci" and "kacau"
gago (bahasa Sarawak for kepo/busybody)
bulak (lie or liar)
play-play (I know this term was made popular by Singapore's "Phua chu Kang", but we seem to have adopted it into our lingo)
tripod (it's a term my parents' generation use to describe apple-polishing. Don't know where it originated from or how it came into being. There's a hand-gesture to go with it)
het (as in " you never think, make me so het onli..."
keksim (frustrated, heartbreak)
seksident (unwanted pregnancy)
your head (or yo hed; as in "that's not right! Yo hed ah!")
chiayu (literally "more oil")
boh lui (no money)
Just thought of another one:
fren (as in "I don't fren u")
Do you accept short phrases as well?
half past six
catch no ball
one word for u to add up : dajal.
alia (once upon a time, ur neighbor)
kuku (cock in hokkian)
lui (duit in hokkian)
lalat (as in "blur lalat")
hapchu - as in that frequntly-used (by shop-girls) phrase "can i hapchu?"
Power (atau "hebat". power tuu..)
1. apa nama
2. apa kes
294."wa liao" should be "wa lau eh"? it originates from johor...
Add one more huh, that is "kanasai", which means kena shit lah!
how about DLL?
I hear people talk about the DLLs sometimes.. Dan Lain-Lain
sub sub suay
thanks, now updated :-)
sembang or "shake leg"
chop or chup or cup, as children use will playing games
cool list! some more...
3. nasi lemak (referring 4. 'lingku pao')
8. hai lat
9. "fuck, spiders!"
10. bogon (=police)
13. tayam (dick-implants like ball bearings)
14. Huk aloh
15. setan gondol
16. ketupat girls (my friends here don't know it, but what we used to refer to tudung girls)
can't think of any more.
"ketupats tapi mengkaaaa beb!"
mengka is variation of mengkal=fit babe
got a party started here:
kurtak, habuk (=cigarettes)-- street
contender from kelantan: koq chak (hard k) -- =shag e..g. "demo nok kok chak?"
kerinchi word: keduk (kay-duk) = doggiestyle
Notice an absence of "e" words.
Here's a few:
new word. skema. like nerdy. but slightly better than nerdy though.
Hentam and Taram ade tak?
Masa sekolah kitorang guna perkataan 'derb' utk 'cop' atau tempah sesuatu.
Satu lagi, perkataan 'toron'. most ppl tau apa maknanya.
'kopak' - as in pokai
'kulikutif' - eksekutif yang kerja macam kuli
'kipas' - as in bodek
'ngokngek' - tak tau lak exact meaning
'patah' - maknyah
'gebang' - kelentong/cakap banyak (sebutan: gehbang)
sontot/suntut - liwat
tongtong - kongsi bayar
sebiji - seiras
sebat - lebih kurang macam pulun gak
skema - 'by-the-book'
FaMa - pakai duit sendiri, mak ayah sponsor
cikai - kurang memuaskan
standard - normal
Thanks Azman :-) Wah you Petronas people, so creative...
for the ah bengs and ah lians (yes, we have them too they're not only across the border) ... so hap lah .. as in happening ...
amir..like i said just now..'hold don' as in when aswering the phone we always say..'hold don ar.." instead of hold on
and..and..also so-so..we always use so-so
strictly for guys only when your *ehem* is not in the comfy position
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