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Chances are you've met or even personally know a "tita." She's the lady (of a certain age) in your life who never passes up the opportunity to ask kung kailan ka ba magkakaroon ng nobyo o asawa. She also uses tita terms like these:
TITA TALK FOR: FLIP-FLOPS
"Bago itong step-in ko, ha, huwag ninyo nga apakan!"
A pair of rubber thong-style slippers or tsinelas,"step-in" was coined mainly because you "step into" them.
TITA TALK FOR: CHAROT!
"May boypren na raw ang ate mo? Stir!"
When you "stir" someone, you say or do something you don't really mean. In Filipino, it actually means pinapaikot, binobola, or niloloko.
TITA TALK FOR: BAR OR CLUB
"Ang pogi ng date ko sa disco!"
The term refers to both the popular '70s dance music and local clubs that featured disco balls. The bottom line: Minsan ding naging gimikera si tita!
TITA TALK FOR: IMPORTED
"For your information, stateside yata itong blouse ko!"
"Stateside" refers to products that were made and imported from the U.S.A. The term stuck with titas who love hoarding goods from the other side of the globe.
TITA TALK FOR: OLD-FASHIONED
"Bibili ako ng bagong sapatos. Itong suot ko noong nineteen-kopong-kopong ko pa nabili!"
The term is used by titas who can't remember the exact date of a particular event. According to cultural anthropologists, "kopong" is an old Filipino word for zero.
TITA TALK FOR: DIET
"Ang dami kong nakain, kailangan ko nang mag-reduce!"
You "reduce" your food intake so you can trim your waistline. The word is still used by titas who never fail to point out how much you've gained every time you see each other at family reunions.
TITA TALK FOR: PEE
"Teka, ji-jingle muna ako bago tayo umalis."
This was coined because of how men (and possibly some women who are short on tissue paper) do a "jingling" motion after peeing to shake off the excess urine.
TITA TALK FOR: M.U. (MUTUALUNDERSTANDING)
"Ewan ko ba diyan sa tito mo. Na-develop lang talaga ako."
This term pertains to the beginning of a romance. Perhaps the idea of a blossoming relationship parallels that of a photo that's about to be processed and printed.
TITA TALK FOR: BUFFET
"Dito na kayo maghapunan, ha? Naghandaako ng smorsgasbord."
Smorgasbord is a buffet-style meal with great variety, similar to the Scandinavian meals that originated in Sweden. Chances are your tita finds modern-day buffets too complicated and noisy. Tama ba, tita?
TITA TALK FOR: MANYAK
"Oy, ikaw chancing ka ha! Baka may makakita sa 'yo!"
Pinoys creatively coined the term para sa mga lalaking gustong mag-'take a chance' at mag-take advantage sa mga babae in a malicious way—be it through paghawak or panghihipo.