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It's Funnier in the Philippines

Updated on March 20, 2015

"Please close the ref after you get out the food".

"OMG! close the door, the aircon may get out!"

"It's okay, eat all you can eat".

Oh, Philippines, My dear Philippines--land of the mornings, pearl of the orient seas, home of fun-loving people.

Filipinos are fond of inventing and discovering new things and they love inventing new words and new meanings for old words as well. Some of these words or phrases may exist in the English vocabulary but the way most Filipinos interpret them are different. Native English speaking people may not understand us right away but, that's not important to us because what we care about is we understand one another.

So, now let me give you some examples of so called FILIPINISMS--pure filipino; only in the Philippines...

  • RUBBER SHOES- sneakers; trainers

  • CR ( comfort room)- restroom; powder room; toilet; washroom; men's/ladies' room

  • SLIPPERS- flip lops

  • COME AGAIN - I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that; is a replacement of Pardon me?

  • AIRCON- air conditioner; air-conditioning unit

  • CONNECTED WITH - 'working with'.

  • FETCHING - picking up someone from somewhere else.

  • BATCHES - used to describe people, should rather be, to describe things.

  • FALL in LINE - Stand in line, form a line

  • OFFICEMATES- is a replacement word for colleagues.

  • QUITE- Some Filipinos think it is synonymous to the word slight

  • FOR FREE- free of charge

  • TAKE OUT- to go

  • HOLD YOUR LINE FOR A WHILE- please hold; would you mind if I put you on hold for a second?

  • I'll ASK HER AN APOLOGY- I'll apologize to her

  • WE ACCEPT REPAIRS- This shop repairs cars, bags, computers etc.

  • TUCK OUT- Untuck (If there is Tuck in of course there is tuck out!)

  • HE WAS SALVAGED- ( Filipinos mean he was assassinated) he was saved

  • SHE DELIVERED HER BABY YESTERDAY- she had her baby yesterday

  • OPPOSITOR- opposition member

  • IT'S TRAFFIC TODAY- the traffic is heavy

  • SENATORIABLE- senatorial candidate

  • AT AROUND 2PM- at about 2pm

  • I'M TAKING UP LAW- I'm taking Law; I'm studying Law

  • WHERE ARE YOU STUDYING- where do you go to school

  • PASS BY MY OFFICE BEFORE YOU GO- drop by my office before you go

  • ACTUALLY, I LOVE LEONARDO DICAPRIO- actually/basically has become Filipinos expressions or unnecessary fillers

  • AS TO THE PROJECT- about the project

  • BOTTOMLESS- refillable

  • GO DOWN (form the vehicle)- get off (from the vehicle)

  • I'LL GO AHEAD- Goodbye; I have to go

These are just some examples of FILIPINISMS, there are a lot more. If you want to learn how to use these words in a Filipino way, why don't you visit our country! I swear you're going to love us.

I hope you enjoyed reading. "I'll go ahead and I'll see yah around!"


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    • Valorie Esquilona profile imageAUTHOR

      Valorie Esquilona 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      i'm so glad you enjoyed reading it! thank you so much!

    • ajwrites57 profile image


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Valorie Esquilona--enjoyed this Hub. I've visited the Philippines before and I saw a sign that said, "No Parking At All Times." We'd say "No Parking At Any Time". Thanks for sharing.

    • Valorie Esquilona profile imageAUTHOR

      Valorie Esquilona 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Filipinos are happy people, you know. thanks for dropping by!

    • North Wind profile image

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I am familiar with 'slippers' and 'come again' but there are some that needed defining. It is interesting to know the local sayings of the people. I feel a little closer to Filipinos now.

    • Valorie Esquilona profile imageAUTHOR

      Valorie Esquilona 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I am so happy that I made you smile. There are so many funny photos like that one on the internet.

    • precy anza profile image

      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      Something that made me smile tonight :) I had seen that photo somewhere online before and still had managed to put a smile on my face. reminds me of few others I had read on Facebook group, using "Colgate" whenever buying other brands of toothpaste ^-^'


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