Category Archives: Language

Facebook Bans ‘Trapo’ From Netizen Posts

MENLO PARK, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – Oxford Dictionaries defines the Filipino word, ‘trapo’ as a traditional, corrupt politician. Trapos abound in the Philippines — not just in politics but in media.

But when a netizen (disclosure: our publisher) called Philippine politicians and (biased) news media trash and trapos, Facebook censored his post, saying it goes against its community standard involving hate speech.

So our advice to our readers, use ‘refuse’ when referring to trash, and ‘trapeze’ when referring to trapo politicians and news media.

Or you can just say “basura.” Now your garbage can’t be censored, can it? It gets collected every week.



Oxford Dictionary Names Filipino Slang “Woke” Its 2019 Word Of The Year!

LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) – For the first time in its 140-year history, Oxford Dictionary  has named a Filipino slang as its “2019 Word of the Year.”

The word, “Woke,” has been used by Filipino netizens to describe members of the political Opposition and their followers in the context of being irrelevant, clueless, even idiots. The word has been especially popular during the political campaign period leading up to the May 13 Philippine midterm elections where all in the Opposition Senatorial slate, known as Otso Diretso, failed  to make it to the winning circle, or Magic 12.  Additional definitions of the word refer to those who “attended the wake” of the Opposition candidates (read: the demise of the Opposition.) 6B3CA481-A649-412B-B125-5398093E031E

Originally, “woke” bore the nuance of ‘alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice’, popularized through the lyrics of the 2008 song ‘Master Teacher’ by Erykah Badu, in which the words ‘I stay woke’ serve as a refrain, and more recently through its association with the Black Lives Matter movement, especially on social media.”

In honoring the Filipino version of the word, a spokesperson for Oxford said that they found the new, Filipino interpretation of “woke” more intriguing, interesting and touché, especially in the light of the growing political activism on social media.

Even respected  journalists like Rigoberto Tiglao of The Manila Times and top bloggers like R.J. Nieto, a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy, have adopted the word for their day-to-day vocabulary.

Well, okay. Even The Adobo Chronicles.

Ilocanos, Kapampangans, Visayans Clash Over Filipino Accent Survey

CLARK CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Clark Bureau) – A travel industry survey has ranked the Filipino accent as the sexiest in Asia and the 21st in the world.

But instead of being united in Filipino pride, Ilocanos, Kapampangans and Visayans are now clashing over which “Filipino accent” was referred to in the survey, with each group arguing that it is their language/dialect that is the sexiest.

So we’ll leave it to our readers to vote on which of the  three Filipino dialects is the sexiest, using the invitation to eat as a point of reference:

  • Mangan tayon,  Manong ken Manang
  • Mangan ta na
  • Mangaon ta