Category: Global Dictionary

Filipino Idioms (Tagalog Idyoma)

Sunset At Manila Bay, Photo by PH Morton

Filipino Idioms (Tagalog Idyoma)

Idioms are group of words, which have established meaning attached to them.

Hearing or reading them when not familiar with their intended definition can be mind boggling for their rather bizarre picture they perpetuate.  As an example is a British idiom “raining cats and dogs’. This means it is raining heavily, not of cats and dogs, but of the water variety.

There are plenty of Filipino idioms used  in everyday life:-

  • Balat sibuyas (onion skin), a person called balat sibuyas, means he/she is overly sensitive; someone who takes things too personally all the time.
  • Bukas ang palad (open palm) someone who is supposed to have bukas ang palad tends to be very helpful and generous, willing to lend money, anytime without asking for interest or sometimes return of the money.
  • Kaututang dila (farting tongue) Kaututang dila is someone you gossip with, someone you share your news all the time, your confidant.
  • Halang ang bituka (intestines are horizontal), a person describe as halang ang bituka is supposed to be of bad character, deplorable, untrust-worthy, and would kill for what he wants without feeling any guilt.
  • Hindi makabasag ng pingan (can’t break a plate), this idiom usually applies to girls and womem who are especially very modest and really demure.  They move so daintily and nimbly that it would be impossible for them to break anything.
  • Makati ang paa, (this translate to itchy feet ) it means a person who likes to travel or go places.
  • May gatas pa sa labi (There is still milk on their lips), meaning someone still very young, innocent and pure.  Someone who is definitely not nearing adulthood yet.
  • Matigas ang buto (strong bones), a person with matigas ang buto means he is very strong and possessing lots of stamina.
  • Matamis ang dila (sweet tongue), is someone who has the gift of the gab, he can speak with eloquence and fluency and therefore can influence people.
  • Malikot ang kamay (rowdy hands) a person with malikot ang kamay is someone who is a bit of a thief.  He/she takes things without permission.
  • Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng didib, (this is really hard to translate)  Anyway roughly it means what is coming from your lips is negated by how you really feel.  I do this all the time, which drives my husband crazy.  LOL. It is like when he takes me shopping, he will buy me a handbag, which I may not really like. I would just say nice lukewarmly because I don’t want to hurt his feelings. 🙂
  • Maitim ang dugo, (in English it translate to dark (black) blood.)  When a person is described as being maitim ang dugo, it means that person is evil or of no good character.
  • Magdilang Anghel (have an angel tongue), If someone who just said something really good and positive is then wished to magdilang angel so that what she just said would come true.

Lady of Lupari

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

The above bust was of a lady from the Lupari family, a prominent family in Bologna during the 1460s.

The bust is made from terracotta and the sculptor was Alfonso Lombardi.

What is a bust?

A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of a human upper body, from the chest to the neck up to the head.  The bust is often sat on a plinth to keep it secure.  A bust can be made from marbles, wood, metal, or terracotta.

An aust is an equivalent to a sculpted head of mythical beings and animals.

Trees and Forest

Trees and Forest

Kew Garden, Photo by PH Morton

Kew Garden, Photo by PH Morton


Aren’t these trees beautiful?  Aren’t we lucky we have them?

We should look after them, the best we can.

Let’s say NO to deforestation; No to illegal logging!

Coconut trees

Coconuts in the mountain, photo by PH Morton

There are people who are scared of the thought and sight of trees and forests. Some have pathological fear. I do understand these in some ways. When I was very young, I tagged along with my father to go to our farm. As he was doing some farm and field chores, he told me to sit under the shade of a big Narra tree. Anyway, it was so quiet that day, all I can hear was the occasional sound of wind brushing through leaves of trees around me.

As I looked up, I suddenly got very frightened of the many coconut trees. I felt they were looking at me. For some reason, I felt rather claustrophobic surrounded by trees. How strange was that – being claustrophobic in the open?!!! Probably there is another word similar to claustrophobic but that is how it felt. Luckily the experience was a one off. I love trees, I love forests as well though I find them mysterious.

I love nothing than watching horror films with a forest/woods theme. 🙂

Did you know?

Fear of trees and forest are very real, in fact, there are some official phobia terms allotted to them.

Dendrophobia comes from two Greek words, Dendro for tree and phobia, of course, is fear.

is the fear of wooden objects or woods. Xylo is a Greek word for wood and phobia as before is fear.

Hylophobia is the fear of woods and can be of materialism as well. Hylo comes from the Greek for forest.

Food Phobias

Did you know?
Some people do not like some food because they don’t have the taste for it. But there are also those people who do not like certain food because of phobia or phobias.  They are phobic, pathological fear of some things that really spoil the appetite.

Food Phobias

Pork, Photo by PH Morton

Pork, Photo by PH Morton

Here are some of the most common phobias involving food, taste and appetite:

Acerophobia: this is the fear of sourness.

Geumatophobia: fear of taste.

Mageirocophobia: fear of cooking

Sitophobia: fear of food

Pnigophobia: fear of choking

Minced Beef, photo by PH Morton

Minced Beef, photo by PH Morton

Carnophobia: this is the fear of meat.

Dipsophobia: fear of drinking.

Chicken pieces, Photo by PH Morton

Chicken pieces, Photo by PH Morton

Alektorophobia: the fear of chicken :(; these people stay away from KFC.

Icthyophobia: fear of fish

Ostraconophobia: fear of shellfish

I do know people who do not eat seafood and fish. I supposed fish have a very strong smell.

Lachanophobia: fear of vegetable.

Garlic Photo by Jean Morton

Photo by Jean Morton

Words: Same Difference


Words, Photo by PH Morton

Words: Same Difference

There are words that are the same spelling, which have different meanings.  There are also worlds that are pronounced almost the same way, and yet they do not mean the same thing.  There are words that are often confused and yet can be fatal/embarrassing to one’s reputation as a writer if used interchangeably.

As a blogger myself, I blame the computer for  its auto-correct functionality.  It is often confused and confuses me as well.   What chance do I have, being just mere mortal. LOL

At my age, the years are no longer crawling or rolling by gently but rather speed running towards me and at a rate so fast that my brain is sometimes left confused.

And words that are once familiar are beginning to read and sound rather alien.

Words like:

Accept Vs Except

Affect vs Effect– I find these the most mis-used words

Affect is a verb which can mean to influence.

Effect, is a noun, which can be the result of an influence.

The effect of his leaving me caused me so much stress.  It affected me for a long time.

Check Vs Cheque

Compliment Vs Complement

Farther Vs Further

Later vs Latter

Later has something to do with time. (I’ll see you later.)

Latter is choosing the second between two options. (Between cake and chocolate, I prefer the latter.)

Later that afternoon in the pub, he asked me whether I wanted a beer or a shandy; I opted for the latter.

Vanish vs Banish

Vanish, to do with disappearance

Banish, to exile

Tom was the black sheep of the family.  One day, he just vanished; I later found out that he had been banished to Antarctica.

Let us compile a list and we would appreciate your input.


Phobia: Bibliophobia

home books

Just a couple of hours ago, while chilling in the garden, I asked Peter, what would he do and which building would he go to if he was the last man on Earth.   I must admit I was surprised to what he said because it was so unexpected, especially from someone like him who has his nose buried into a book all the time.  Anyway, Peter said he “would go to Westfield Shopping Centre” to look at  all the gadgets.

I, myself, would go to the British Library, Childshill Library or any library.  I would probably read myself to death! I love books, I love non-fiction ones especially.

My ultimate goal or wish is to have a massive wall of books in our house, fortunately Peter is like-minded so perhaps this dream will happen one day.

Phobia: Bibliophobia

Did you know?

There is a condition, which is called bibliophobia, a word that came from two Greek words ‘biblio’ meaning book and phobia is, of course, fear.

Bibliophobia is the fear of books.  This fear is often because of illiteracy.  There is nothing more scary or deemed embarrassing than trying to read a book to an audience when you don’t really know how to connect the letters together.


The Art of Reading Body Language


Photo by JMorton

Sometimes what comes out of our mouth is contradictory to what our body, gestures and facial expression are saying.

During interviews, one is watched not only of what is being said but what your body language is saying as well.  To get the job, get that body talking and saying the right things.

The Art of Reading Body Language

Did you know?

  • People who are lying to you tend to look up and then look to the left.
  • People who are spewing lies tend to look away when talking.
  • People who are lying tend to blush, have flared nostrils, deep or rapid breathing as their brains are working overtime to make up or cover up lies. 🙂
  • People’s smiles can tell whether they are being economical with the truth.  A sincere smile reflects not only on the lips but also on the twinkle in the eyes.
  • A man’s language is an unerring index of his nature. – Laurence Binyon

Phobia: Odontophobia

I was five years old when I first visited the dentist with my mother.  While in the surgery my mother gave me one of the magazines to browse through to amuse  or distract myself.

As I started looking at the pictures, I came across a picture of a mouth full of teeth.  It was an open mouth with teeth everywhere.  That really scared me and I still have goosebumps everytime I remember that picture as I do now.

Phobia: Odontophobia

Apparently if you can’t really stand and in fear of teeth, that is what is called odontophobia.  The picture on the side really gives me the creeps.

1001: Global Granary Lexicon

They are strange beings, these lexicographers.

– John Brown (1810-82)

Say It As It Is:

1001: Global Granary Lexicon

Here are a list of words that the Oxford Dictionary and the likes should have included in their catalogues of contemporary word meanings. 

The words below have been defined by the finest minds that ever lived. LOL
lexiconGlobal Granary is collating all these words for posterity. 😉

If you do happen to know some witty definitions, kindly let us know so we may add then to our Lexicon.




Alimony: the cash surrender value of a husband.
– Anonymous

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
– Henry Wooton (1568-1639)

Anger is really disappointed hope.
– Erica Jong

Autobiography: an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.
Quentin Crisp


A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.
Bob Hope

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
– Mark Twain

Brandy, n. A cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the-grave and four parts clarified Satan.
~Ambrose Bierce

Buffet: a French word that mean, “Get up and get it yourself.”
– Ron Dentinger


Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling classes.
– Al Capone

Caricature: putting the face of a joke upon the body of a truth.
– Joseph Conrad

Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with college education.
Mark Twain

Chef: any cook who swears in French.
– Henry Beard

A conference is just an admission that you want somebody to join you in your troubles.
– Will Rogers

Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
~Ambrose Bierce



Diplomat: a man who thinks twice before saying nothing.
– Frederick Sawyer

Divorce is the future tense of marriage.
– Anon



Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
– Elbert Hubbard

Etc. – a sign used to make people believe you know more than you are telling them.
– Herbert V. Prochnow

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
-Niels Bohr

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
– Quentin Crisp (from manners from heaven)



A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
~Winston Churchill

Flirtation: Attention without intention.
– Paul Blouet

Freedom is a clear conscience.
– Periander

Fudge is a noun, a verb, an interjection, and delicious.
– Jessi Lane Adams




A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
– James Beard

Grammar is the grave of letters.
– Elbert Hubbard



Hammer: an instrument for smashing the human thumb.
– Ambrose Bierce

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A historian is a prophet in reverse.
– Friedrich von Schlegel



Marriage:  A word which should be pronounced “mirage.”  ~Herbert Spencer

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
– Dean Acheson

Middle age is when narrowness of the waist and broadness of the mind change places.
– It’s a wonderful life; a smile for each day of 2014 🙂

Mistress:  something between a mister and a mattress.
~Author Unknown

Money is human happiness in the abstract.
– Arthur Schonpenhauer

Myths … gossip grown old.
– R.P. Blackmur



Opera is when a guy gets stabbled in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.
– Ed Gardner (1901-63)



Pandemonium.  This word was coined or originated from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.  Pandemonium is the place of all demons and chaos.

A paranoid is a man who knows a little of what’s going on.
– William Burroughs

A pessimist is a man who lives with an optimist.
Francis Wilson

Pride is the direct appreciation of oneself.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
– Don Marquis, American humorist

Prudence reproaches; conscience accuses.
– Immanuel Kant



A recession is when my neighbour loses his job. A depression is when I lose my job. A panic is when my wife loses her job.
– Edgar R Fiedler

Roadkill: a roast with a lingering hint of tarmac.
– Sandi Toksvig



Sculpture is the stuff you trip over when you are backing up trying to look at a  painting.
– Jules Olitski



A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
– John Ciardi



Vocation: any badly-paid job which someone has taken out of choice.
– Mike Barfield



Wine Snob – a man or woman who drinks the label and the price.
– Olof Wijk

Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and (b) not saying it.
– Anonymous

Woman: a diet waiting to happen.
– Serena Gray

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