I'M SURE you've been encountering some weird words on your social media feed lately. Don't be too puzzled if you hear the words “lodi” and “petmalu,” because you're actually familiar with these terms already.
Just like fashion from the '70's, '80's and '90's, colloquial terms from decades ago are recently making a huge comeback in the country, especially online, where people are always creating new modes to communicate.
The style in which these bizarre millennial words are created and mixed, however, is an old school trick, where the syllables of a particular word are switched around to coin a new one.
If the ‘70s had astig, amats and olats, and the ‘80 to 90'ss had jeproks, bagets, and senglot, here's a helpful guide for you today.
1. LODI (Someone you look up to.)
Origin: Lodi is the reverse form of the word “idol”
In a sentence: “Iba ka talaga, lodi! Petmalu!”
2. PETMALU (amazing, wow, super cool!)
Origin: Petmalu is the reverse order of syllables of the word “malupet”
In a sentence: “Ang lupet ng handa mo nung birthday mo ah! Rapsa!"
3. RAPSA (Delicious)
Origin: Rapsa is the reverse order of syllables of the word “sarap.”
In a sentence: “Rapsa talaga pag libre. Matsala!"
4 MATSALA (Thank you)
Origin: Matsala is the reversed order of syllables of the word “salamat”
In a sentence: “Matsala sa ride kanina, orb!"
5. ORB (A guy friend)
Origin: Orb is the reversed form of the word “bro."
In a sentence: "Orb, nasaan ka na? Enka muna ako sa bago umalis."
6. ENKA (To eat)
Origin: Enka is the reverse order of syllables of the word “kain.”
In a sentence: “Enka na lang pagkatapos maglaro, mga erp!
7. ERP (A guy friend.)
Origin: Erp is the reverse form of the word “pare.”
In a sentence: Kayo niyo yan mga erp! More werpa!
8. WERPA (To give support)
Origin: Werpa is the reverse order of syllables of the word “power”
In a sentence: “More werpa sa yo, lodi!
You see? If you’re one of the cool kids in the 70’s to 90’s, then you’ll realize that that the language of today’s young people isn’t really that different from what you spoke in the glory days.
Thus, we want to give a shout out to our erpats, ermats, titos and titas who made turning words around cool back in their heyday!
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Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on October 17, 2017.
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