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Time for Singlish: Jialat! (Jiat lat)

 

Singlish word: Jialat/ Jiat lat (Hokkien dialect)
Literally means to sap energy. “Jiat lat” is usually used when one is in trouble or difficulty.

Aka: This is serious. / This is terrible. / Oh no!

Examples:
Jiat lat, my mum just found out I failed the exam.
He still doesn’t understand after explaining it so many times to him? Jiat lat.

 

 

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