One of the other wonders of the world besides Niagara Falls. I always get a kick when cops pull me over…
Instead of a techincal review of another Web 2.0 service, here’s a socio-cultural review about Google’s latest venture… TinkerTailor made the first reference to it, and now MrBrown followed suit. Google’s rumored “GBuy” payment service might get more attention than the search company ever hoped for, now that Singaporeans have come to realize that it sounds pretty raunchy in Chinese (esp. in Hokkien dialect).
Before I take all the fun away, here are some sample conversations to give you an idea of what it means…
“Chao GBuy!!” (when things go wrong)
“Orh, so you use GBuy to make money har?”
“You want the money isit? I’ll shove it up your GBuy!”
What next? Google does an Ebay and calls it Gbay?
Buy on Gbay, pay with Gbuy!
For educational purposes:
“GBuy” sounds phonetically similar to “Cheebye”. According to the Urban Dictionary, Cheebye is a vulgar Hokkien (Chinese Dialect) term for:
1) vagina, cunt, pussy, etc
2) expressing something or someone who is an extreme degree of damned.
It is often used by Chinese hooligans (Beng or Lian) in a conversation:
ah lian: that mr pleasemeh damn cheebye sia!
ah beng: why?!
ah lian: he touch my cheebye lor!
ah beng: WAH! CHEEBYE!!!
At this point, why don’t you practice your best phases in the comments?
Good ones will get published here 🙂
Posts like these make me realize why this blog is blocked by some ISPs in Singapore. I’m so naughty (Hokkien: Pai Si) !