OBOSEN

Obosen is a word thrown into online discussions by critics of the Duterte administration, as a way of making fun of his supporters whose primary language is not English or Tagalog… or are lesser educated such that they often misspell what should be simple words for Tagalog speakers. Continue reading “OBOSEN”


IBA

bago, magkaiba, iba-iba- di-katulad, di-kaparis, sari-sari

iba
other, another, different, else

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O

A one-letter word from Spanish.

o
or

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UBO

tikho o malakas na hanging nanggagaling sa lalamunan at baga at ibinubuga sa bibig

ubó
cough

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KENDI

This Tagalog word is from the English language.

kendi
candy

mga kendi
candies

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LINGGO

This is likely influenced by the Spanish word domingo. The Malay word is minggu, from the Portuguese domingo.

The word linggo can mean ‘Sunday’ or ‘week.’
(To compare, the Spanish word for ‘week’ is semana.)

Linggo
Sunday

linggo
week

ngayong Linggo
this Sunday

katapusan ng linggo
end of the week

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UBE

archaic spelling: ubi

ube
purple yam

 
The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves. Ube is also known in English as water yam or winged yam. On the island of Hawaii, it is known as uhi.

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LUNES

from the Spanish word lunes

Lunes
Monday

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