"Oi, Amoy!"

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Amoy. It sounds like the generic term for young females that people
of my hometown use, particularly when summoning waitresses. :) I don’t
know the origin of the term but I think it could be Hokkien. There’s
also a Foochow counterpart – ah mui yang. I’m Heng Hua, but I don’t
know what the Heng Hua equivalent is. I can understand the language but
the only phrase I know is “hiaw eh”. It’s a very versatile exclamation
that can be used for practically anything. Use it to substitute “si
lor” if you’re Hokkien and “eh siang noh” if you’re Foochow. I don’t
know many people who appreciate being called amoy though. Hiaw eh, I
have digressed far from what was meant to be a post about dinner.

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4 thoughts on “"Oi, Amoy!"

  1. Mate, you are a disgress to the heng hua clan, Ah Moy in Heng Hua is “seng-niow”.
    More heng hua phrases:
    tar-ley
    chi-ba-gong
    lo-pa-lai
    pak-sek-lang

  2. you have to know this one, chi-ba-gong. that’s very heng hua. So next time you see a Heng Hua fellow like Ah Kong, ask him what it means.

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