Trengganuspeak (2)


Last weekend I learnt a few new (Trengganuspeak) words- ma’nga, pongoh and ‘ngamok. Ma’nga like solo bolo is also about being careless only that ma’nga is a habit of forgetting to do something while solo bolo is being extremely careless in doing things like running over something or knocking down things. But children who are forever running around, disturbing others and knocking down things are not solo bolo but nano (not the name of the candy – Nanonano.)

Pongoh is hot-tempered and when a pongoh person could not control their anger, they end up ‘ngamok’ (losing temper/ throwing tantrums/ uncontrolled violent rage). When mum was about my age, their helper brought a dish prepared by her mum named ‘Tok Kaya ‘Ngamok’ (a rich man ran amok). Upon tasting the dish Atuk (my grandpa) laughed and said that now he knew why they named it Tok Kaya ‘Ngamok – it tasted sour and extremely hot. No wonder that rich man lost control of his emotion and ran amok.

The version that mum tried was cubes of fresh (very sour) unriped pineapple soaked in a gravy of very, very hot chillies, shrimp paste, tamarind paste, a dash of salt and sugar that was grind to a paste and mixed with water. Well, I have not tasted it and do not really fancy to try it for fear I too would ‘ngamok like the poor old rich man.

Note: I’m sorry to say that my knowledge of Trengganuspeak (as Uncle Awang Goneng quote in GUIT) is very limited and I just can’t pronounce them right.

‘Solo Bolo’


Today I knocked down a jar of peanuts! I wish that am not so careless. I hate to be called ‘solo bolo’- that is a Terengganu word for being extremely careless. Even though my parents are from Terengganu, I neither can speak nor truly understand the Terengganu dialect- what a shame. Growing Up In Terengganu (GUIT) by Uncle Awang Goneng introduced me to Terengganuspeak and my roots.

My mother is Abdullah Al Yunani’s great granddaughter (GUIT page 73) while Sri Amar Diraja ( Man of oob, GUIT page 285) is her ‘granduncle’ . We are from the Sheikh Duyung’s family. Now the ‘Pok Loh Yunang’ bookshop is still there but is now known as Alam Akademik Sdn Bhd (where GUiT was launched) managed by nenek (my grandmother).

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