HURAMENTADO

This word is from the Spanish juramentado.

huramentado
running amok, going berserk

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YABANG

kahambugan, kapalaluan, pagkamataas Continue reading “YABANG”

ALBULARYO

This word is from the Spanish herbolario (meaning: herbalist).

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BASTOS

walang-galang, mahalay; magaspang, bulgar, mumurahin

bastos
rude, impertinent
impolite, vulgar

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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SIMBERGWENSA

This word is from the Spanish phrase sin vergüenza (meaning: ‘without shame’).

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PAKIPOT

root word: kipot

pakipot
pretending to be uninterested

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TAPAT

The closest Tagalog equivalent for “honest” is tapat.

The word tapat, however, is equivalent to three other words: “faithful,” “sincere,” and “upright.”

To be tapat, therefore, is also to be “honest” and “faithful,” as well as mapagkakatiwalaan or trustworthy.

And while to be tapat is to be “sincere,” to be “sincere” is also to be taos-puso.  To be tapat is, morever, to be “upright,” but to be “upright” is also to be marangal. Continue reading “TAPAT”

PASMA

There is a “folk illness” in the Philippines called pasmá. There is no equivalent medical term in English or Spanish.

The symptoms of pasmá are trembling hands and sweaty palms occurring after strenuous use of the hands in manual labor. Farmers who work in the fields dragging plows, women who handwash laundry, pianists, and athletes frequently suffer from pasmá. Their hands become pasmado (“spasmodic”).
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