SLANG WORDS – GATO; TỨC ÓI MÁU; BỰ CHÀ BÁ

  • Namthilanguage
  • 06/03/2021

1.GATO

Gato can refer to cakes, birthday cakes. Most interestingly, however, it refers to envy of other’s achievement (Gato is the acronym formed by the phrase, “ghen ăn tức ở”, an idiom to describe an immense sense of envy).

2. TỨC ÓI MÁU

In wuxia (wuxia is mandarin, vũ hiệp in Vietnamese, martial arts is English) TV dramas, when a character takes a hit or gets provoked, they normally cough blood. It is speculated that “tức ói máu” (angry enough to cough blood) originated from this trope.

3. BỰ CHÀ BÁ

According to An Chi – Người Lao Động Newspaper, “chà bá” owes its origin to a Khmer word, “cho-băs”, meaning “obvious”. There has been a shift in meaning later on: obvious → too big to ignore → chà bá. The word “lửa” is added sometimes to create “chà bá lửa”, emphasizing the apparent visibility.

Source: varied

 

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