10 Most Powerful Verbs in Malaysian Dictionary

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Verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence. While verbs such as ‘run’, ‘hear’ and ‘call’ are usually straightforward, Malaysians have better ideas when it comes to using some of them in their daily conversations. Here are 10 most powerful verbs in Malaysian Dictionary and how Malaysians magically use them. 

1) SEE

When Malaysians use the word ‘see’, it does not necessarily mean they see something or someone. They are able to see things that are abstract too. Therefore, it is not uncommon to hear that Malaysians also SEE HOW, SEE FIRST, and see many more things as described by this articles here.

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Besides opening doors and windows, Malaysians magically use the verb OPEN whenever they turn on something remotely too. Thus the verb OPEN in Malaysian dictionary also covers OPEN THE LIGHT, OPEN THE AIRCON and OPEN THE TV. 

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3) DIE

Although ‘DIE’ simply means stop living, in Malaysian dictionary it can also mean ‘Oh No’, ‘get lost’ or ‘by hook or by crook’ (when it is used twice in a row). For e. g. ‘DIE LOR, HOW NOW?’, ‘YOU GO DIE LA.’ Or ‘DIE DIE MUST DO’. 



While CHOP as a verb literally means cutting something into small pieces, Malaysians also mean 'stamp' by saying CHOP. So when you hear Malaysians say ‘CHOP the letter’, they don't mean slice the letter up but they mean stamp the letter.

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While FACE can be both verb and noun, Malaysians like to use the word FACE to mean ‘Respect’. Therefore, as an example, ‘Give FACE and share this article la’ means give some respect and share this article :p



When Malaysians say ‘You wait, you wait’ or 'you wait and see', don’t stand there and wait. Because they are asking you to ‘better watch out’!

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Tackle in Malaysian term means more than just to deal with something, it can mean go for someone too. When someone tells you ‘Go and tackle her’, he is telling you to go for her. 

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8) SET

In contrary to how western people use the verb SET which means to put something in a specified position, in Malaysian Dictionary, SET signifies ‘Done Deal’ or ‘Let’s do it!’ usually used in an expression of ‘OK, SET!’ 

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Play means to have fun. But when it is used twice in a phrase such as ‘Don’t Play Play’, Malaysians are asking you to ‘don’t take it lightly’ and be serious. 



How Malaysians use the verb 'confirm' is unique. We use it to affirm someone of something (before the fact is even confirmed). For example, ‘I TELL YOU, THIS DURIAN CONFIRM NICE ONE!’ 


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Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Malaysia, Lifestyle.