MAARTE

The Tagalog word maarte originally meant artful or artsy. But it is now used to describe someone, especially a young woman, who can be nitpicky and by extension pretentious. It has a negative connotation, but not a very strong one.

maarte
pretentious, finicky
fastidious, high maintenance

maarte
persnickety, fussy

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PASAWAY

root word: saway

saway
prohibition, restraint, reprimand

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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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PASALUBONG

Ang pasalubong ay isang alaala o “souvenir” na ibinigay ng bagong dating na galing sa paglalakbay sa ibang pook o bansa.

root word: salubong (to welcome)

pasalubong
homecoming treat, souvenir

When Filipinos go on a trip or live overseas, they are expected to bring back gifts on their return.  That’s pasalubong!

It’s a big deal. If you don’t bring pasalubong to people who welcome you, they’ll think you never thought of them while you were away.

Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers
Pasalubong from Bohol: Peanut Kisses & Peanut Fingers

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BOLERO

Also see bola

bolero
flatterer
(male)

bolera
flatterer
(female)

bolero
a man who flatters a woman

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MALANDI

root word: landi

malandi
flirtatious, slutty

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KULIT

pagkamapilit, pagpupumilit; pagtitiyaga, pagtataman; pananatili, pamamalagi; sigasig, sigsa

kulit
stubbornness, peskiness

Ang kulit niya!
He/She just keeps nagging me, bothering me.

makulit
importunate

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TAMPO

hinampo, maktol; sama ng loob sa isang kaibigan

tampo
sulking, holding a grudge

magtampo
to sulk

matampuhin
prone to sulking

tampurorot / tampururot
tampopot / tampoput
sulker (often a woman)

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