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Aug 19, 2011

இ Day No Talk People..

The other day Hayley posted 'You kiasu I kiasi' then next would come 'kiabor' 'lit. afraid of wife aka henpecked husband. Maybe posting kiabor can wait prefer to post about the hottest topic of this lunar 7th month which would be over pretty soon. Another kia-ism linking with the hungry ghost month regarding 'kiakui' (Hokkien), afraid of ghost. Will the real Ghostbuster please stand up! Pleasant words like 'unseen beings' or 好兄弟 pinyin: hao xiongdi "good brothers" are replacement for ~ ghost. Ironically old folks have been warning us not to mention ghost but instead we say it even more, almost every where day or night. How is that? Unconsciously the word slipped through our lips automatically and we are not aware of it. For this particular post Bananz would be using Cantonese in the Chinese character for expression of the common spoken conversation.



日頭唔好講人,夜晚唔好講鬼 jat6 tau4* m4 hou2 gong2 jan4, je6 maan5 m4 hou2 gong2 gwai2. Lit. Day no talk people night no talk ghost which is equivalent to our English's 'speak of the devil' but seems like nothing can stop us talking about it..

1. 呃鬼食豆腐咩 *ak1 gwai2 sik6 dau6 fu6 meh1* ~ cheat ghost eat tofu. [are you kidding me?]

2. 老友鬼鬼 *lou5 yau5 gwai2 gwai2* ~ old friend ghost ghost. [buddies/old friends or pal].

3. 鬼死咁亂 *gwai2 sei2 gam3 lyun6* ~ ghost die so messy [extremely messy].

4. 好鬼麻煩 * hou2 gwai2 maa4 faan4* ~ good ghost trouble [troublesome].

5. 無鬼用 *mou5 gwai2 jung6* ~ no ghost use [good for nothing].

6. 咁鬼醜樣 gam3 gwai2 cau2 joeng6 ~ so ghost ugly [very ugly].

7.心中有鬼 *sam1 zung1 yau5 gwai2* ~ heart center got ghost [guilty conscience].

8. 搞乜鬼 *gaau2 mat1 gwai2* ~ play what ghost? [what the heck you are doing?].

9. 有錢能使鬼推磨 *yau5 cin4 nang4 sai2 gwai2 teoi1 mo6* ~ got money can make ghost turn millstones [you can do wonders with money].

Now how are we supposed to zip up and seal our lips not to say 'ghost', ghostly impossible huh. There are more but only stick with what Bananaz are familiar with else it will be 鬼咁長 *gwai2 gam3 zoeng2* ghost so long and never ending. Taken a bolder step by posting this entry without consulting ma soulmate Mango on the correct Chinese characters. Appreciate if you could highlight to me if something is not right. Not to worry rest assured Bananaz is not a 小氣鬼 *siu2 hei3 gwai2* small gas ghost [narrow minded] and certainly welcome any suggestions. Care to add more 'ghosts' to share in your comments.







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MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

"Kwai sei gam leng" - sangat very beautiful - Nice posting indeed befitting the theme of ghost month

lina said...

Such a fitting post for the month.

lina said...

and I learn about sone Cantonese expression today. Thanks Bananaz! ^^

Lily Riani said...

人不是人,鬼不是鬼? in hokkien commonly use

lena said...

choi! why so many 鬼s? I see some in some movies those call girls will call their customers, "sei sui kwai" or "ham sup kwai" but i think i still prefer ' yau chow kwai!'

eugene said...

Good morning,,, "lo yau kwai kwai"

eugene said...

I guess the "kwai" word is so closely knitted to us Chinese,particularly the Cantonese because the "Kwai" has the power to scare, to remind us of death and to poke our conscience.

When i was small,mom used to tell me, go sleep quick, if you sleep early,kwai will not kacau you one leh"

I have always liked to hear this coming from my good lady friends whenever i flirt with them,,," you ha, kwai kam hau"hahahahhahaha

[SK] said...

oopss, it's still the hungry ghost month now right?? i guess it will end when comes Hari Raya correct??

[SK] said...

wow, a good research on all those "ghosty proverbs"!! Thambee like that haha!! but i think it's very common for us to use 好鬼 in our sentence day to day, since it just mean "very", haha!! but still you can avoid saying that if you are more polite and official lah.. 鬼咁長, cantonese people also sometimes say 水蛇春咁長.. hehe, go google this and see why~~

rainfield61 said...

All those "ghosts" you have quoted are very friendly.

Sheoh Yan said...

Bananaz, 做乜鬼嘢!Not only cannot say '鬼', also cannot say '死'. Pantang la!

By the way, because of my height, many said me tall like '鬼婆‘.

suituapui said...

Hey, Kim Chio has got new post and I did not know...busy these few days. Kui kah? Kui all gone back already...so now can talk about kui anytime of day.

So far, I've been lucky...no encounter or should I say unlucky because last time, in Kanowit, I rented a room for two years. When I moved out, people asked if I saw anything - I told them I did not. They said the previous tenant had a visitor in the middle of the night, gave him a number and he became very rich after that. Haiyar....that kind of kui I do not mind meeting!!

yvonne said...

Oh, so this month's theme is '鬼' hence Bananaz put up a special entry about it.

I get to add more '鬼' in my Cantonese dictionary.

yvonne said...

Not familiar with '鬼' in Cantonese but I know a few in Hokkien.

Like, '像鬼' (like ghost) to express with dislike, or '人是你, 鬼也是你' (you are human, you are also ghost).

Quay Po Cooks said...

I like what Lena said, I laughed till I almost fall off my chair!! Bananaz, You so "Kwai Mah" (Ghost naughty)! Write a post like this - "Siew kwai say ngoh" (Laugh ghost dead me) hehehe... OOPS, I should not say the word "Say" (die), this month also right? "Say ler ngoh gong jor" (die ler, I said already). Hoe kwai gang (very ghost scared). Okay so much for kwai, and now I got to go cook for my Kwai Lo. You guys have a great weekend!

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Leovi said...

Well, well ... That was yesterday. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures are titled: The Manifestation of Spirits.

wenn said...

haha..it's so funny..

One said...

You are right! It is quite possible to have a ghost in every sentence. If we attempt to translate any English sentence to Chinese, it's easy to figure out where to insert the ghost.

Isaac Tan said...

those are in cantonese ? :( I can't speak well in cantonses, and can't read mandarin. Failed ><

bluedreamer27 said...

oh i have heard about this Hungry Ghost month from Foong... ...
so is the Hungry Ghost month will be the entire days of august? yikes that's quite scary huh

Autumn Belle said...

Remember Sam Hui's movie, 'Games Gambler's Play'? That's 鬼馬雙星, or Kwai Mah Seong Sing - Ghost horse double stars!

But the 'ghost horse' here is for mischievous/sly.

Bali Hotels said...

Nice post, it's very interesting ... thanks for post it . . .

Lrong said...

Am quite afraid of ghosts and wifey here... :)

TZ said...

there is one sound that you can use whenever there is a censorship involve if you watch the movie. Same goes to when you want to say ghost word... just use the sound eh~

Merryn said...

cheat ghost eat tofu? elo.. what is that??!! haha..

Wai Kitt said...

I don't like "老友鬼鬼", but i like"老油鬼鬼"the porridge^^!

CH Voon said...

i see a lot ghost here around me - they call 鬼老!

but i am not scare of them.... scold them when i feel angry :)

CH Voon said...

鬼老!鬼老! let me alone please!

but i normally call them 死鬼老! wakakaka

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

no pontianak??? Ha! Ha!am not afraid of ghosts 'coz I haven't seen one!!

Life Ramblings said...

wah, this entire post is about 'kwai' and 'kui?

Life Ramblings said...

seriously i'm very kiasi, kiasu and kiakui and i'm reading this post late at night.

Life Ramblings said...

hope there's no 'kui' creeping around my house in the still of the night.

Life Ramblings said...

and i sure hope there's no eerie growling voice calling out my name.

khengsiong said...

The month of Hungry Ghost Festival is supposed to be not suitable for traveling, but I went to Bangkok with my parents... Fortunately, nothing happened.

khengsiong said...

Your post reminds me of Sam Hui's song, which lists various types of 'ghosts', namely:
冤鬼、嘩鬼、奸鬼、賭鬼、盞鬼、咸濕鬼、衰鬼、煙鬼、攝青鬼、生鬼、撞鬼、冒失鬼、醉酒鬼、吊靴鬼、醜死鬼、假鬼、真鬼、鬼打鬼,攪乜鬼

Bananazஇ said...

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE இ Hahaha pretty ghost tQ

Lina இ For dialects Cantonese has got most slang maybe coz of if majority in Msia and also influence from Hong Kong.

Lily இ 人不是人,鬼不是鬼 also popular in other dialects as well but some older Hainanese may not like this. saying

Bananazஇ said...

Lena இ Lol hungry eh, you liked yau chow kwai or yau char kwai, might post about it in future.

Eugene இ Ho ho ho lou yau kwai kwai. Ello why you so gatal one haha.

[SK] இ Right on Raya. MDBG said 水蛇春咁長 'water snake spring so long' haha so so longggg.

Bananazஇ said...

rainfield61 இ Befriend friendly ghost get friendly remarks haha.

Sheoh Yan இ 鬼婆 will have high nose and great height lolz.

suituapui இ People said 'oon ki kuan' not able to 'see' the unseen beings or meet kui. You've got bright shining light behind you kui see also lari kuat kuat.

Bananazஇ said...

yvonne இ 人是你, 鬼也是你 haha something like double headed snake haha.

Quay Po Cooks இ Bananaz ghost horse? haha. Thor cheh. Nei maan maan cook for nei Quay Lo make sure you dont laugh too much and add too much salt or sugar haha.

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Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ Great will pop by your blog soon.

One இ There are some would simply add 'ghost' in almost every sentence. Ghost so cheap/delicious/pretty/corky etc etc haha.

Isaac Tan இ When cari makan in KL must learn little Cantonese haha.

Bananazஇ said...

bluedreamer27 இ Yeah whole 7th lunar month but major activities are held in mid month.

Autumn Belle இ Yeah 'Kwai Mah Seong Sing' is nice would never missed Sam Hui's movies those day.

Bali Hotels இ tQ for dropping by.

Bananazஇ said...

Lrong இ Then its confirm you aint afraid of none. Only those said not afraid of wife are really afraid haha.

TZ இ 'Eh'!

Merryn இ If you sense someone wants to pull a fast on you said 'cheat ghost eat tofu' meaning 'you think I'm 3 year old kid meh?'. Bananaz have asked around why 'tofu' and nothing else, so far no concrete answer but am still asking. Anyone got any answer why ghost loves tofu or only tofu can cheat ghost?

Bananazஇ said...

Wai Kitt இ The one is Mid Valley 'Garden'? Yeah nice love the yau char gwai with soya bean too.

CH Voon இ Yah lah every where you shall see gwai lo there. Why no pretty gwai lo meh?

Keats The Sunshine Girl இ Better not see one then haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Life Ramblings இ Kwai or kui they are scary haha.

khengsiong இ Wah then those in the tour industry shall eat 'kook choong' if all stay at home. There are still lots of travelling going on.

Yeah love this Sam Hui's song very much..hou gwai hoe thang..haha.

foongpc said...

LOL!! So many sentences with "ghosts" in it - you are right! How do we even avoid speaking about ghosts in this Ghost Festival Month?

foongpc said...

By the way, do you notice that we Chinese tends to say every other race as ghosts except ourselves? eg. gwai lou, ma lay gwai, gek leng gwai etc? : D

London Caller said...

You know this saying:
見人說人話,見鬼說鬼話。

So is English also considered 鬼話?
Because we call English men/ women 鬼佬,鬼婆,鬼妹!

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ No way we can escape not talking the word haha. Yeah loh tong yan no gwai one hehe.

London Caller இ Korek! Are you half gwailo, staying in gwailo place for so long already..? haha.

Windsmoke. said...

Wandered over to thank you for your bonza yarn on my humble blog and i hope to hear from you in the future. As far as ghosts go they don't scare me at all BOO! :-).

HappySurfer said...

LOL! Kwai kum ho siew, this post. Oops! Did I mention the 'K' word?

Twilight Man said...

I was tickled to see SK calling himself Thambee in this post!!!

Twilight Man said...

Bananz@ you are really a genius in playing with words and fiddling with Chinese culture! I salute you dei

Anyway, I see ghost and ghosts see me all the time. There is one lurking in my home almost daily. Wanna see? Come lah!

Twilight Man said...

Did you ask me the factory price?
It was sold at RM2.8 million with land 65' X 155' and built up 40' X 80'. Total built up 5,000 sq ft. All SOLD OUT!

London Caller said...

Ha ha... No lah.
I'm still pure Kuning one.
Not half yellow half white.

I'm going back to Malaysia for my summer holiday.
You can belanja me dimsum lah! Ha~

Alice Law said...

I personally hv not much of pantang in Ghost month leh, after all I hv 2 little ghostling at home(both my kids were born in Ghost month)!^^

Hayley said...

Haha this is interesting!
Yep, the word 'kuai' always appear in our daily conversation, even without intention.

Bananazஇ said...

Windsmoke இ tQ for slipping by. Oh so you are the real ghostbuster please stand up.

HappySurfer இ Oops no 'k' lolz.

Twilight Man இ All these are hearsay over the years no need to do the twist or cha-cha. You are seeing the unseen no Bananaz kaikui leh hahaha. Oh your boutique factories all sold out so fast? Whoa fatt tatt loh if you are on comm getting a huge chunk of $$$ but big bonus is just the same. tQ for the details on the price just wanna be in the know on the market condition around us.

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ Mei wen ti..Bananaz pour lots of tea and you can tap all you want hahaha.

Alice Law இ Oh you have two bigger tai gwai tau at home haha.

Hayley இ tQ and welcome back from SYD. So 'You kiasu I kaisi' will not mention kuai hahaha.

CH Voon said...

sure... gwai mui is very pretty, tall and slim.

I dont know how to take their photos and show you.

Bananazஇ said...

Mr BOOH இ Why dont know how to take their photos? Point and press the button hahaha.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Bananaz, thanks for sharing all the kwai, I can't stop laughing in front of the computer and my hubby think I "kwai siong san"( processes by ghost)
LOL

Bananazஇ said...

Amelia's De-ssert இ tQ for dropping by you could have scared hubs with your kwai siong san hahaha.

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