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Filipino English Meanings Other Than You Would Expect


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In another topic someone indicated when a Filipino asks "where you go?" Its not necessarily a geographical question but more like how an American would say "whats up?". Now I know.

Other than the insidious "its up to you" from the wife what interesting Filipino-English words or phrases would you care to share? Anything truly tick you off or crack you up?

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"Already", as in " I do it already"

 

This does not mean that whatever it is is done. It means that it is being done now - the meaning is not "I have finished" but "I am working on that!"

 

"Credit" means "debit" - "I have a credit to him" means "I owe him money"

 

"Can I lend you" = "Give me..."

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"Accomplish" - to fill out a form.


These are political:

"Table" - verb - to kick a proposal into the long grass. Opposite of UK meaning

"Salvage" - verb - to contrive the murder of a political opponent. Much used in the Marcos years 

"Tap" - verb - to nominate someone for a position.

"Epal" - one who takes credit for something that they do not deserve, commonly used of politicians who use tarpaulins (qv) beaing their likeness and the words "A project of..." or similar around a public works sceme such as road repairs, a new bridge, etc. A coinage from Tagalog.

"Tarpaulin" - not what you might expect (a cloth to keep the weather off goods) but a vinyl coated canvas printed with a name and lettering as a form of advertising...

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I told my sweet young thing she was scrappy.  Whooooooo was she ever,  nearly tore me a new one because she thought I was saying she was a piece of scrap.

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"If Ever", seems to be popular with many. Which of course means "If you Ever" or could mean, If I Ever, or even If they Ever depending on what or who they are talking about.

 

It does make sense, just never heard it before, and so frequently!

 

 

 

Papa Carl

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