10 Singlish slangs you should know
Before you embark on your journey to study in Singapore, it’s best you learn some Singlish words so that you don’t feel left out during conversations.
#1 Ali Baba
It means to steal or cheat, based on the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves. You’d normally hear people say – ‘Don’t act blur ok. I know you Ali Baba my fries when I went to the toilet.’
#2 All fart and no shit
A description of someone who’s full of empty promises. For instance, ‘Everyday say you want to treat me go lunch, but you all fart and no shit only.’
A contraction of the Malay word ‘Apa macam.’
A derivative of the term ‘ah then.’
#6 Confirm plus chop
This means that you’re extremely sure of something. ‘Guarantee got chop’ denotes that the paperwork will be approved.
Go backwards or reverse.
#8 Hosei lioa
This is in Hokkien, which means very good or excellent. It’s used mostly in a sarcastic manner. Eg ‘You didn’t study for exams? Ho sei liao.’
#9 Wah lao/ Wah she/ Wah kao
All in Hokkien, these are expressions of pure shock.
#10 Ya ya papaya
If someone refers to you as a ‘ya ya papaya’, it means you’re an arrogant person.
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