Wednesday, January 27, 2010

'Fixing an ear !"

No, I'm not talking about body piercing, nor am I talking about undergoing an ear operation.

The title of this post is a literal translation of a Bahasa Malaysia saying  'pasang telinga'. It actually meant 'evaesdropping' - which means to listen secretly to someone's or secret conversation !

Of course you would have had some of kind of experience when someone would be eavesdropping (or 'pasang telinga') on your conversation for whatever (usually dubious) purpose  by pretending to do something in your vicinity  while the ears would be fixed on your conversation..  The point is , how far away the literal translation between these twon languages.Another example would be 'drop his water-face'  --- I'll let you guess this one !

Can readers give somemore funny ones ?


Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

plug and play = cucuk dan main
hardware = Barang keras.
software = Barang lembut

is that acceptable ?? hehe or

jaga tepi kain = guard side cloth
makan hati = eat liver
buruk siku = bad elbow
pekak badak = deaf rhinoceros

i think still lot of it.. so let other reader continue hehe

anak si-hamid said...

How about 'make don't know', 'stone head', 'sick liver', or 'nose not sharp, the cheek push, push' ha ha!!

ph said...

Does "lawyer buruk" count ??

sunnysideup said...

'receive love' two of you. But i like this one.

' Clever clever squirrel jump.
fall to the ground also at the end ".

Ha ! Try to beat that !!!

ph said...

How about this, "there's a prawn next to the rock".

sunnysideup said...

I mean 'three of you !'

Helas(^o^)\m/ said...


like water in chopped, will never end


Helas(^o^)\m/ said...

ok mine...


hehe.. ok who's turn next hehehe

Aida said...

sambil menyelam, minum air = drink and dive (kill 2 birds with 1 stone)

latest BM proverb (without DBP's approval):-
dalam hati ada taman = garden inside the liver

sunnysideup said...

" 'reach heart' you all speak like this "

I leave it to you all to figure that out. " clever clever lah "

sunnysideup said...

ok... next..