The Tagalog word kilig was officially made part of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in March/April 2016, apparently due to the influence of the Taglish phrase kilig to the bones.
to tremble, shudder
to be tickled pink
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walang-galang, mahalay; magaspang, bulgar, mumurahin
If you tell a woman a crude joke, you are very bastos. To answer back to your grandmother or anyone older than you is bastos in Filipino culture.
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derived from the English ‘sex maniac’
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root word: lambing
(caring in words too,
but often touchy-feely)
sweet and warm in caressing,
shows fondness and tenderness
Malambing ang pusa.
The cat is affectionate.
(It sweetly rubs itself against you.)
Malalambing ang mga Pilipina.
Filipinas are affectionate.
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An adjective used to describe women who are contemptuous in speech.
root word: taray, meaning arrogance or snobbishness
Ang taray niya!
My, she’s so sassy!
The Tagalog word mataray is used to describe women who answer you back in a sharp, snappy way.
Filipino women are socially expected to be nice and modest. Any woman who answers back bluntly or brusquely is given the label mataray and is associated with pretentiousness and bitchiness.
A Filipina actress who has iconically managed to use her mataray image as an asset is Maricel Soriano.
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This word has multiple meanings in the dictionary. The most common is given below.
blame, scold, criticize
sinusumbat nila sa akin
they always reminding me of (that thing)
Lagi nilang sinusumbat sa akin ang ibinigay nilang tulong.
They’re always coarsely reminding me of the help they gave.
Huwag mo akong sumbatan.
Don’t scold me.
Cultural note: To engage in sumbat is to ungraciously, even rudely, remind someone of an unpleasant thing that the listener wouldn’t want to hear about. Click here for examples!
pagsama; pagdadala ng bagay sa bibigyan; pagsubaybay, pagsabay
Ihatid mo si Nena sa bahay.
See Nena home.
In Filipino culture, escorting a woman home and making sure she gets through the door safely is very important.
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a man who flatters a woman
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