31 Oct '13, 2am

@Lenomnomnia Power Mee Rebus!

@Lenomnomnia Power Mee Rebus!

There is something about the way how our Malay friends use the English language that is very unique. In particular there are several English words that somehow resonate with the Malay culture. I am talking about words such as "Power" and "Relac"(Relax). Somehow, they managed to take very ordinary words and turn them into superlatives with a cool edge to it. On the other hand, we Chinese use Malay words to express our superlatives. So we adopt Malay words such as "Shiok" and "Lawar" to convey extremes in expression. Somehow, Malay seems to be a language that is quite capable in conveying "coolness" much better than say, my own dialect, Teochew. The expression "Jing Hor Jia" (very nice to eat) just does doesn't sound as delicious as "Shiok Man!" or "Power!". There are of course ways of emphasizing superlatives in Teochew, but they involve invoking one's parent's, so it shoul...

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