Words That Tagged

Posted: May 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63873.2 (May 15th, 2010)

Its been quite some time since I last blog in. Yeah, life has been busy nowadays. Not only work, but also school. Yes, I’m back to school, to pursue my studies further as I want to improve my understanding better in this modern world. To upgrade myself. I had enrolled few weeks back in a private institution, taking part-time class. So for the time being, I really need to balance the time between work, school and hobby. Now, I can spare this moment to settle down and write something new here.

Here’s more interesting stuff that I had capture due to the flavour of how we Singaporeans speak and write. In regards in our expressions, that we constantly draw from them. Our daily life in turns, and there’s no right or wrong values to be attached to these expressions =)


I came to understand that the Chinese word for “see” is “kan.” Whether it is a person, a book or the TV, the Chinese use “kan.” But in terms of English, we see (or saw) a person, read a book and watch (a show) on TV.

Nobody says “see a book” when he means “read a book.” But I personally came across many people who are apt to say “see” (instead of watch) TV.


A Malay word for “guess.” You can considered this as a very useful expression; particularly when you are dealing with numbers and had trouble to determine to how much something cost, its weight, size or the time it was delivered to your office. Or due to the reason you just whack at the last resort.

But please, don’t confuse this expression with that bubbling jelly, which makes excellent party food. That is agar agar.


So which is which when comes to a point where you need to ask for an item from your friend. This probably explains why many of us here were confuse with the words borrow (to take from someone) and lend (to give). I admit, I was before had trouble comparing this two meanings. But it can be corrected if you put your mind into it and make it a habit of practicing it.

Another confusion, was the word owe. Somebody mentioned this: “some tongues wag it like own.” But if you owe someone money, it is very unlikely that you will own him.


Typically Singaporean speaks, that shiok feeling, as near I can figured it out, its more than just a good feeling. Or some people here might say, damn good.

Randomly speaking, the range can be tremendous. From biting on the red-hot chillies, to riding a rollercoaster ride. Take the one at Universal Studio Singapore as an example. It escalates on the peaks of pleasure. And speaking of pleasure, it can also be that “best kind of pleasure” feeling that you get when the door is closed and the windows covered. I don’t have to tell you what kind.


The last time I had wrote about the most commonly usage of words that many of us Singaporeans are apt to use, and foreigners who have stayed in the country long enough are quick to adapt to it; which is the unEnglish “lah.” “Lor” was its word cousin, and of course typically Singaporean. If you asked me, it was like as though you had put a final stop to a sentence. More than just the “dot” itself. And if lah is okay, what’s wrong with lor?

Like lah, you hear lor almost everywhere. Here’s some examples:

“He wants to have a copy of my notes. So I gave it to him lor.

“If he doesn’t wants it, then don’t force him lor.

“If you are feeling sick, then don’t come to work lor.

“Why? Because the boss says so lor.

“If you prefer this game, then buy it lor.

I heard this recently, from two ladies seated behind me while traveling on a bus. One of them was asking, what would her friend’s daughter will intend to do after quitting her job whom her latter worked as a stewardess.

“Study lor,” The other lady replied. “She says she want to pursuit in her ‘A’ level.”

Like lah, some people does have the nick of making it sounds quite nice. Hmm……maybe the English equivalent is “so.” But then again, its not quite so……

  1. Ryan says:

    Haha! This is cool! I still like your previous topic wheRE you mentioned the “lah” thing!


  2. HaZ says:

    Haha..you always have something to share here =)

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