“Boom Panes!”: Filipino’s Uniqueness Over Colloquialism

It is undeniable that Filipino, as a language is dynamic. It constantly evolves with respect to generations as influenced by different factors such as media and the Internet. For a country with 11 recognized languages and over 175 dialects spoken through its 7, 107 islands, a unique form of communication has been a part of the Philippines’ culture. Colloquial words such as lingos and balbal (street words) are already out. This new generation of words such as “Boom Panes!” constantly proves a shift over time.

From repapips, chiks,nosibalasi, and jeproks of the ‘70s, parekoysbagets, epal, and astig in the ‘80s and ‘90s to today’s gorabels, O.M.G., push mo yan!, waley/havey, ansabe it is obvious that the Filipino slang has been constantly evolving; adding fun, wit, and color to plain and formal conversations. Image

The dynamic Filipino slang allows a more freedom of expression among its users and speakers. One need not to follow a set of standardized rules, since celebrity names, Tag-lish (tagalog-English), and invented words can be utilized to create a brand new, creative word which will add an impact to a conversation. Image And as this slang continues to grow among the younger (and older) generation, this proves that no one is safe to the influence of the social media (as its very culprit) and local celebrity stars, who by nature are very influential. Stars like Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, etc. are among the Filipino stars who continue to add the Filipino vocabulary. In fact, one need not to be shocked if he encounter a word like “love,love,love” conversed in a flirty way. Indeed, diversity in the national language is a norm in the Filipino society. It became a part of the citizen’s life. A history. Gone are the days where creativity among a circle of friends are observed by using words which are only understood by the group.  Nowadays, people tend to use the same words, with the same diction and pronunciation. Though different interpretations are made to put an underlying meaning on it. The influence of social media and television is truly profound. Here is a Top 10 list of the most-commonly used words in the year 2014:   1. pag may time

Ex. Pasyal pasyal din pag may time.
This word actually existed in the year 2013. Associated with action words like picture-picture, selfie-selfie, kain-kain, pasyal-pasyal, this phrase expresses one’s desire to do things he did before before he got busy with something.
2. boom
I believe that this came from another culture-associated hobby of the Filipinos: pick-up lines. E.g.
B: Miss, hindi tayo tao, hindi tayo hayop 
G: Eh ano tayo? B: Bagay tayo.. Bagay! Boom! 

3. di ba puedeng…

Ex. Pag nauntog sa jeep matangkad ka kaagad? Di ba puedeng mababa lang yung jeep?
With the aforementioned celebrity , Vice Ganda in his movie Praybeyt Benjamin, it actually started as a punchline which makes someone’s belief/thought to be altered to a new one. This is sometimes used as a pang-bara.
4. peg
A word indicating perplexity, this once rarely used word became a connotation of  a  style of a person, theme, or mood.
5. Yung totoo..
A sarcasm which directs to say that someone is lying or pretending.
6. Ansave?
7. Teh!
8. Wagas!
9. “Dami kong tawa. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Mga Piptitu.”
10. Ikaw na!
Vice Ganda
How about you? Do you know any words or phrase that are trending or oftentimes used?

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