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Sep 25, 2011

ക WhyAskWhy¿ (11) ~ Weird Name

There were these 4 guys, a Russian, a German, an American and a French, who found this small genie bottle. When they rubbed the bottle, a genie appears. Thankful that the 4 guys had released him out of the bottle. He said, "Next to you all are 4 swimming pools, I will give each of you a wish. When you run towards the pool and jump, you shout what you want the pool of water to become, then your wish will come true." The French wanted to start. He run towards the pool, jumped and shouted "WINE". The pool immediately changed into a pool of wine. The Frenchman was so happy swimming and drinking from the pool. Next is the Russian`s turn, he did the same and shouted, "VODKA" and immersed himself into a pool of vodka. The German was next and he jumped and shouted, "BEER". He was so contented with his beer pool. The last is the American. He was running towards the pool when suddenly he steps on a banana peel. He slipped towards the pool and shouted, "SHIT !!!!!!!........." And It Turned Out To Be S%#T!! [this is from an email I received long ago thanks to the author for a good laugh].

Better be careful what we gonna say especially when someone flies off the handle! How about replacing it with 'shoot' sounds nicer? Sorry this post would be slightly 'dirty' as Wikipedia says ~ "Shit is usually considered vulgar and profane in Modern English..[..]. It may also be used as an expression of annoyance, surprise, or anger, and has other usages as well." When I was a little boy Bananaz has been eating a fruit with its weirdest name almost everyday fresh from the tree top. Ma Mama told Bananaz the name of this fruit in Hakka is *gai si gwo* literally means 'Chicken Shit Fruit'. Being the young niave Bananaz thought Mama made it up coz our chicken coop & shed is just nearby the tree. Little did I know its the actual slang name used by our locals. As we often say *jambu/pak kia* for guava in Hokkien in our village didn't realise it, not until in my later years that ma Mama told the truth *sorry Mama*. Oh what a fruit name? 'Chicken Shit Fruit' is the same in Cantonese/Hakka dialects *gai si gwo* which the formal name in Mandarin 番石榴 *fān shí liu* and in Malay its Jambu Batu and Tamil is கொய்யா 'koiyaa' . Bananaz is not fruitful finding the answer on the origin of this weird name. Hope to see light at end of tunnel with answers or clues from dearest readers.

(Left: seedless@RM5.00 per kg.) [ GUAVA ]  (Right: with seeds@RM2.50 per kg.)
Guavas are plants in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium (meaning "pomegranate" in Latin), which contains about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now cultivated andnaturalized throughout the tropics and subtropics in Southeast Asia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Florida and Africa. [Wikipedia]

Question : What is the difference between seedless guava and seeded guava, pick your preference?

iBananaz : Seedless guava no got seed and seeded guava got many many seedses like twinkle twinkle little starses can count one. I lupp seedless.

Mango : Seedless guava is 'artificial' and seeded guava is natural and original. My choice is 'with seeds'.

Warren Buffett : Value! Value! Value! Price should be less than 2/3 of intrinsic worth. Buy Limit Order or Better @RM2.50 'seeded'.

Isaac Newton : While sitting on a tree branch 10.0 m above the ground, you drop both seedless guava and seeded guava together. Pick the one that hit the ground first.

Albert Einstein : E=MC² ;  E≠GS²  Guava with Seeds².

Why did the chicken cross the road? : To shit on the Chicken Shit Fruits.

Steve Jobs : What is the difference between iPhone5 and iPad3? No iSee. Retired now in iCloud!

Bill Gates : Ctrl Alt Del, *Hang* Chicken shit all over screen!

An Addendum: Here's a very close answer posted by Autumn Belle on how the guava fruit got its 'chicken chit' slang name in our local dialects..

Autumn Belle said...
I remember back in the kampung, it is common to grow see a guava tree with small fruits (the size of a ping-pong ball), unlike the commercial ones which have large fruits. We will eat the fruit when it is ripe and it is very sweet. When an overripe yellow fruit drop to the ground in accordance to Newton's law of gravity, the fruit will make a splat and break open. The centre portion with the seeds do look like chicken droppings. I guess it could be this reason. I bet nowadays not many people have seen such homegrown guava fruit, neither have they seen 'fresh' chicken droppings! Have you eaten a yellow skined guava?

As for seedless fruits, as I know, if the flowers are not successfully pollinated, there will be no fruits or fruits with no seeds, eg. pineapple, banana. No sexual reproduction, hence no babies, haha.




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ladyviral said...

haha! That cracked me up! Nice one, Bananaz! Thanks for the laugh!

[SK] said...

so that story teach us not to say shit anymore, but maybe CASH all the time?? hahaha..

[SK] said...

no idea why guava is called "chicken shit fruit" locally, but i guess maybe because people used chicken shit as fertilize for this fruit, or it actually taste like chicken shit?? haha.. :D

[SK] said...

hmmm, i also prefer the seedless guava, they taste better and sweeter, and the texture is also nicer than the seeded ones..

lena said...

yeah wor, what is it got to do with chicken shit? some people call them 'fan sek lau'. Just like chicken biscuits ( kai cai peng), why associate with chicken??

Daisy said...

HA! I've never heard that story of the funny name for guava. Made me laugh. I hope you find out the answer why it is called that! :-)

Windsmoke. said...

Bonza joke it made laugh, well done. Alternative slang words i use for s**t are either poo, poop or number 2's :-).

lina said...

Nice story to read 1st thing in the morning Bananaz.

lina said...

I love seedless guava too, unnatural it may be. Easy to eat. No need to spoon out the seeds.

lina said...

If any chicken is reading this, they would've wanted to say = "What did we have to do with it?" LOL

suituapui said...

Banana skin? See! You troublemaker...simply throw yours anywhere you like. LOL!!!

suituapui said...

Guava, we call jambu leh? I do know of kay-sai hua...chicken shit flower. I think it's because of the smell.

One said...

You are right! I have heard of this chicken shit thing but being Hokkien, I use a different term. We do have a lot of 'ghosts' and 'shit' in our language, don't we?

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rainfield61 said...

When you "shit", you can always find seeds of the Chicken Shit Fruits inside the shit (米田恭).

Whereas you won't for the case of the seedless CSF.

Hayley said...

Jokes to chase the Monday blue away ya.. hehe.

I like guava!

Yee Ling said...

Ooo..I cant imagine the man jumped into the pool with pool of shit..awww**closed my eyes with 2 hands**

Ei...i like gai si gou..ahhahah

Sheoh Yan said...

Good, I can share this joke with my girls. At least, I can warn them from saying shit 'suka suka'.

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Those answer are just too "technical"

HappySurfer said...

I think it's more the aroma of the fruit that gives it its name. Hey, but I like! LOL!

That joke reminds me of another one. A (crude) Hokkien joke about the man who was granted two wishes. Heard it before?

Small Kucing said...

a good one LOL

Bananazஇ said...

Ladyviral இ You're first glad you didn't fall of your chair.

[SK] இ Oh no bad 'CASH' whole swimming pool of cash..fatt tatt loh. Why the 3 earlier gwailo didn't think of 'CASH' and buy as much drink for life haha. Sure the guava taste like chicken shit? Heard the seeded chicken shit fruit has better nutrition than seedless. How true?

Lena இ Yeah the Canto formal is fan sek lau chicken shit is slang haha. You are right why chicken this chicken that? Also got 'kai chai mui yan' *match maker* haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Daisy இ These are slang even those Chinese from China or Taiwan may not be using it. Hopefully somebody could shed some light.

Windsmoke இ Yup heard of poo, poop, great never number 2's before. WhyAskWhy number 2's? haha

Lina இ Glad early morning could give you a good laugh. Those days when as a kid eat everyday seeds also makan-ed. Chicken would scratch their head translating in Malay ~ 'buah tahi ayam'..lolz.

Bananazஇ said...

Suituapui இ Just too bad that guy is at the wrong place and wrong time to slip on my peel haha. We have kay-sai hua back home but forgotten the smell already. Please Post laju-ed it, the flower bro not the chicken shit.

One இ Especially Cantonese would have lots of ghosts, shit and chicken haha.

Cloudia இ tQ the first part Author Unknown. Aloha.

Bananazஇ said...

Rainfield61 இ Good one! '米田恭' is 'fen' shit too learn this word quite sometime back though Bananaz haha. As a kid ate lots of seeded chicken shit fruits and sorry 'wat thud' a bit here..can see the seeds in the 米田恭 that means bad for digestion. Never to eat the seeds.

Hayley இ Hope the blues are away now coz your post sounded very down today haha. Relax!

Yee Ling இ No eye see haha. Most would like the fruit, my favorite.

Bananazஇ said...

Sheoh Yan இ Say sugar or sweet instead ahaha.

MRC இ 'Technical' only from those brainy people see iBananaz answer, vomit blood haha.

HappySurfer இ Huh you like the aroma of chicken shit or the fruit haha. Bo oh! What about the Hokkien lang? Let me close my eyes see can connect..you mean the one wishing for whatever @#% to come and second wish to get back his old time one?

Small Kucing இ tQ.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Me also Hakkanin!
500 years ago, we were one big family!

Sh1t is vulgar?
But we have to do it everyday.
What name change do you suggest?
Dabao or xiaobao?

Alice Law said...

LMAO! Holy smoke, darn hilarious! Yalor, better watch our speech while talking, especially in front of the kids!

yvonne said...

LOL! I try to mind my language in front of my kids, but my hubb doesn't @____@
End up, I got to tell them that daddy is wrong for speaking such vulgar words.

Kai-si-gwo? Never heard of this term... normally will call jambu, hehehe

Casendra said...

Ahahaha... nice nice. Walau really gotto be careful. I like SK's idea instead of shit shouted Cash... hahahaha... or Pound.... hahahahah

cleffairy said...

LOL... really got to be careful of what you ask for, you might really get it. Thank you for sharing, this brightens my day. =D

Ying Ying Dai Tao Har said...

some alternatives i use to replace the word "Shxt" - "shoots", "shikes". but sometimes i might just say "Shxt" a slip of tougue. >.< need to be more careful next time :)

Lrong said...

Rolled on the floor laughing... that was a good one, my friend...

Quay Po Cooks said...

I have heard of that joke before from my son when he was 10 yrs old but I still laugh when I heard from you again. I prefer fruits without seeds especially as I grow older. Things get stuck in between teeth too easily. Well "Shit" is a vulgar word? I can't help it, I probably say it everyday especially when I break things so often recently. Looks like I have butter fingers as I age. In my house, there is no kids, so there is no need to hold back. When one is at my age, I guess we earn the liberty to say "Shit" since this is nothing compared another 4 letter word. My Quay Lo said, at my age, I can wear a shocking pink top, apple green bottom, a pair of turquoise shoes and all the bling bling I want and don't give a "SHIT" to what others think or say about me as long as I am happy! hehehe Oops I am sorry I said it again. A thousand apologies, I beg your pardon! LOL! Thanks for a good laugh before bedtime! Good night and sweet dreams to all.

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Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ Ello chi kar yin we are from the same one big family haha. Vulgar according to Wikipedia but who gives a shit haha. No bao..lolz

Alice Law இ Kids will sure pick up whatever the adults say or do pretty fast.

Yvonne இ Hubb cant zip up huh! Taiping mostly Hokkien so the Canto chicken dare not go shit in Taiping that's why you have not heard of kai-si-gwo instead jambu.

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ If say 'Pound' really fatt tatt loh must be British Pound and not Egyptian pound..haha.

Cleffairy இ Glad your day get brightened up though hazy.

Ying Ying Big Head Prawn இ Anyway quite rampantly used nowadays at least better than those hard core four letter words haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Lrong இ ROTFL hahaha.

Quay Po Cooks இ Yeah old joke this is just wanna tie in with the chicken shit story. Stop eating butter so no butterfingers haha. That's the beauty of being Quay Lo no restriction on what to wear and not giving a shit what people think. Ooops bad influence by you, what did I just said just now? Oh never mind cant remember either haha. Sweet dreams too.

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foongpc said...

LOL at the story!!

foongpc said...

I love eating chicken shit fruit!! Haha the seedless variety is the best cos no seeds and sweeter!

foongpc said...

iBananaz? LOL!!!

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Which type of Hakka are you? I'm Taibuka. Are you from from my gang? Ha!

Leovi said...

A very funny joke. In Spain to wish good luck alos theater actors are told "A lot of shit." That's because once people went to the theater in horse-drawn carriages that left the stage door and at the horse shit out of people and more successful.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Banana, ha ha, love this....and your lively sense of humour.
Have a nice day.
Lee.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Bananaz, OMG, couldn't stop laughing about the shit. Thanks for sharing.

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ Seems like seedless is very popular haha.

London Caller இ When younger got mixed up with African Hak then NZ Haka *juz kidding* and finally found its root KowChiu Hak

Leovi இ Oh they judge the popularity of theatre actors by the horse shit the more the better.

Bananazஇ said...

Uncle Lee இ Sama sama we laugh at each other's blog haha.

Amelia's De-ssert இ Glad it tickled your funny bone.

Leovi said...

The guava is a fruit that I've never proven.

Faisal Admar said...

i prefer seedless too! :)

and nice one! haha.

Jo said...

First and foremost, I like guavas! I love it when they're sliced into thin pieces and sprinkled with salt.

Second, I've quit swearing some time ago, since I don't want it to become a habit. Better words, acceptable to all, are available. I'd rather use them. =P

Regina said...

Ok, crap makes for a happy garden..have to watch my mouth sometimes. I haven't tasted a seedless quava..but love them. I prefer the seeds me thinks-
They almost got away with using bio control to get rid of the strawberry guava here! As you say it is part of the Myrtle family.. and discovered our Ohia tree forest is too!

Alice Law said...

Hehehe... my anak cultured new species of ladybird mar...lol! (jokingly)

Neah, they just simply tembak the dot one!:p

eileeninmd said...

Fun post, I had a few laughs. I guess we should all be afraid of what we ask for we might get it. Have a great day.

mNhL said...

Thks for the jokes! Poor man.... haha

My fav fruits. I like to eat them by applying some salt. Taste better that way.

Daniel Chiam said...

Hahahahaha Oh man that is really funny and intellectual at the same time XD

by the way... I think this is the first time i comment here :D

Life Ramblings said...

it's funny how the chicken shit fruit is associated with guava.

Life Ramblings said...

i'm not a hakka so i've not heard of this version but i'm familiar with the chicken shit flower or lantana.

Life Ramblings said...

i prefer the seedless guavas anytime. i buy them very often here.

Life Ramblings said...

they've a very pleasant aroma and are sweeter and taste better than the seeded ones.

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ Oh you can't find this in Spain, it quite nice crunchy like pear.

Faisal Admar இ Yeah seedless tQ

Jo இ Used to be trendy with assam boi. Bananaz has been eating them with salt since young. Yup swearing words can be a habit.

Bananazஇ said...

Regina இ For those seeded guava you need an extra step to spoon out the seeds. Accordingly the shopkeeper says seeded ones have better value. They are easy to plant.

Alice Law இ Kids would simply 'thumb' the spots of ladybird, the more the merrier haha.

Eileeninmd இ tQ. Have to watch what we wish for haha. Have a great weekend.

London Caller said...

Ha! I have never heard of that one leh. You're new kid in the block lah.

Bananazஇ said...

mNhL இ Poor guy have to really clean up. Salt add taste and same time cooling the body system.

Daniel Chiam இ tQ for dropping by first time and glad you got tickled haha.

Life Ramblings இ So far no answer to why yet haha. Heard of chicken shit flower too. Seedless are easier to cut less 'work' but heard seeded guava has more nutritional value, how true? Have a great weekend.

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ You are NKOTB have not heard of chicken shit fruit? What do you call in Hakka then? haha.

Beng said...

holy s+++ what a joke hahahahahahha

Bananazஇ said...

Beng இ holy smoke? hahaha

Kelvin said...

I lol-ed at the newton's theory XD

Bananazஇ said...

Kelvin இ Its double meaning alright. +followed.

London Caller said...

Ha! We usually use the Hokkien/ Teochew word for guava here in Johor.

My area has a large portion of Teochew and Hakka.

Isaac Tan said...

LOL, it's really funny at the end where you explain the difference of seedless vs seeded guavas from different people's perspective. I like the way you think :P

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ Same here my village was inundated with Hokkien/TeoChew as well, best part is we all speak Hokkien among siblings except to Mama & Papa.

Isaac Tan இ Glad you got tickled. tQ.

Alice Phua said...

THanks for making my day! I really had a good laugh after reading the witty jokes here! :-D

P/S: The guava name that I know in Hokkien is 'na put'.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... My Hokkien is very broken.
I can only "listen".
Looks like your kampung is like mine lah!

Bananazஇ said...

Alice Phua இ Oh first time hearing in Hokkien its 'na put'. tQ

London Caller இ Kita sama sama leh. Can I say this 同病相憐 *tóng bìng xiāng lián*. Ada betul kah? Saya bananaz.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Bananaz, ha ha, love this posting. Love your sense of humour.
Incidentally I have replied to your comment in previous posting. Thank you.
You have a nice day, keep well. Lee.

Bananazஇ said...

Uncle Lee இ tQ for dropping by and also for informing of the reply shall slip by your blog in a bit.

London Caller said...

Ha! Your pinyin is better than mine.
I always use shortcuts to type pinyin.
Say,我们 instead of women, I type wm. Computers these day are very clever one huh!

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ Bananaz do not have this convenience but to type English in the MDBG dictionary get the Chinese word copy and paste haha long & windy way.

Pete said...

He he he, ok ok, next time I would say $$$$$$

Autumn Belle said...

I remember back in the kampung, it is common to grow see a guava tree with small fruits (the size of a ping-pong ball), unlike the commercial ones which have large fruits. We will eat the fruit when it is ripe and it is very sweet. When an overripe yellow fruit drop to the ground in accordance to Newton's law of gravity, the fruit will make a splat and break open. The centre portion with the seeds do look like chicken droppings. I guess it could be this reason. I bet nowadays not many people have seen such homegrown guava fruit, neither have they seen 'fresh' chicken droppings! Have you eaten a yellow skined guava?

As for seedless fruits, as I know, if the flowers are not successfully pollinated, there will be no fruits or fruits with no seeds, eg. pineapple, banana. No sexual reproduction, hence no babies, haha.

Bananazஇ said...

Pete இ Spot on cash is king haha

Autumn Belle இ tQ posted your answer in my entry. Yup eaten a full ripen yellow guava before but no kick cos of the softness and not crunchy. Must be very careful got lots of worms inside especially those seeded guava.

Autumn Belle said...

TQVM for the addendum ( a new word I learnt today)!

I forgot to mention that the reason could also be due to the flesh of the yellow guava 鸡屎果 (ji shi guo) also has a taste, texture, smell that some people find unappealing. ie. like chicken shit - like what you have just described.

Perhaps some of you who can read chinese characters can do a google search in chinese language about the origin of the name 'ji shi guo' and see what's the result. I have a feeling that outside Malaysia, some cantonese speaking places like Guangzhou or Hong Kong websites may have the answer. Aha, maybe Mango can help you!

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ Really smell like ji shi? Maybe Bananaz didn't pay attention of really smell the smell of chicken shit hahaha. Mango also shake head hahaha.

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