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Oct 11, 2017
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If you’ve been seeing the words lodi, werpa, and petmalu on your News Feed lately, don't be too confused. You might actually be familiar with these terms already. There seems to be a resurgence of the use of colloquial terms in the country, especially online, where people are always creating new modes of communication. This time around, there are fresh—albeit, funny sounding—coined words that millennials are using to express themselves. The style in which these words are fashioned, however, is an old school trick, where the syllables of a particular word are switched around to form a new one.

For example:

If the ‘70s had amats, astig, epats, and olats, and the the ‘80s had jeproks, bagets, and senglot, what kind of words are the kids of today using? Here are some of the most popular slang terms you should know right now, orb. Err, we mean, bro.

1) LODI

Meaning: Someone you look up to.
Origin: Lodi is the reversed form of the word “idol”
In a sentence: Iba ka talaga, lodi! Galing!”

2) PETMALU

Meaning: Something that is super amazing.
Origin: Petmalu is the reversed order of syllables of the word “malupet
In a sentence: “Petmalu ang ulam ko kanina! Sarap!”

3) ORB/ORBSKI

Meaning: A guy friend.
Origin: Orb/Orbski is the reversed form of the word “bro/broskie”
In a sentence: Lika na mga orb/orbski! Alis na tayo!

4) ENKA

Meaning: To eat.
Origin: Enka is the reversed order of syllables of the word “kain
In a sentence: “Lunch break na mga orb, enka na tayo!”

5) ERP

Meaning: A guy friend.
Origin: Erp is the reversed form of the word “pare
In a sentence: “Tara na mga erp! Inuman na!”

6) REMA

Meaning: A girl friend.
Origin: Rema is the reversed order of syllables of the word “mare
In a sentence: Erp! Musta na si rema?”

7) RAPSA

Meaning: Something that is delicious.
Origin: Rapsa is the reversed order of syllables of the word “sarap
In a sentence: Rapsa naman ang ulam natin ngayon!”

8) WERPA

Meaning: To give support.
Origin: Werpa is the reversed order of syllables of the word “power”
In a sentence: “More werpa mga erp! Kaya niyo yan!”

9) MATSALA

Meaning: To show gratitude.
Origin: Matsala is the reversed order of syllables of the word  “salamat
In a sentence: Matsala sa lahat ng sumusuporta!”

Sources: Social Variation LanguageFilipiknow, and The Manila Millennial

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