The Blur Sotong

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                           Stardate: 64596.4 (Feb 05th, 2011)

My antenna pick this up from a guy who was seated behind me while on the way home in a bus. He was telling his friend: “Aiyahh, why you asked him to go and do things!? He blur like sotong one!” Although its one of those “phrases” that we Singaporeans commonly used, it does left me to wonder though. Its sotongs really blur?

Sotong is a Malay word for Octopus. Also can be directed as Squid. As what I can understand among Singaporeans, including myself, we seem to have developed a taste of our brand of English fondly, which referred to as ‘Singlish.” Literally, languages from the Malay, Chinese and Indian clash together to form this juicy phrases and sentences. A combination of three races here. This topic, has been posted before some time ago where I had share some of the common tongue-tasting words that we Singaporeans used. And also, to how fast those foreigners had adapt to it when they had stay here long enough to understand the culture here. Its like as assimilation. You came, you learn, you learn to live with it.

Perhaps the phrase “blur like sotong” must have come from the creature’s emission which was a cloud of ink. You agreed? Or may be used as both a noun and adjective. Well, who knows? Who cares anyway! As long as you are born Singaporean, or those foreigners who have stay here long enough, you’ll be sure to pick up one of this quick-of-a-tongue phrases or slang in a short period of time. It does comes in handy every once in a while.

But that doesn’t mean I’m encouraged you guys to learn awful English!

So much of it had ended me to stumbled across this blogger, who named his blog as “SotongBlog.” His introduction: “Hello there peeps! My name is Sotong and I’m blur like one.” Ironic, if you asked me. Does play a part in most of his nonsensical entries….

And to make matters ridiculous, I also stumbled into what I believe its the opposite. Known as “Blur Toad.” A common variant of “Sotong.” But of uncertain origin.

  1. Joe says:

    LOL!!! That’s uniquely Singapore! =)

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