Indonesian Slang

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As we know that every country, of course, has its own slang words. According to Oxford Dictionaries, Slang is “A type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.”

So, slang words are usually used in spoken language than written in informal situation. For example, in American English, we have Feeling blue; have the blues which means A feeling of depression or sadness. So do Indonesian. Today I want to give you Indonesian slang words. Here are the lists:

  1. Galau: feeling blue, confusion.
  2. Baper (bawa perasaan): take something seriously or get emotional
  3. Curhat (curahan hati): venting
  4. Modus: have hidden motives
  5. Kepo: being nosy
  6. Lebay: being so dramatic or exaggerated
  7. Norak: tacky
  8. Lemot: your brain is slow loading
  9. Mager (males gerak): too lazy to move or do something
  10. Php (pemberi harapan palsu): lead someone on
  11. Bete or BT: bored
  12. Bokap: father
  13. Nyokap: mother
  14. Gebetan: crush
  15. Sok tahu: know-it-all
  16. Caper (cari perhatian): attention seeker
  17. Cepu: people who cant keep a secret
  18. Kece: cool
  19. EGP (Emang Gue Pikirin): i dont care
  20. Lo/Loe/Lu: I/my/me/mine
  21. Gue/Gw/Gua: You/your/yours
  22. Nongsk/Nongkrong: hangout
  23. Jomblo: being single
  24. Unyu: the word to express something cute
  25. Woles (Derived from English’s Slow): calm down/to calm down


Okay, I think that’s all for today. I don’t know whether or not i will make the part 2. I’m sorry if I translate those wrong. I’m still learning 😀

Hope this helps.

Source: google, youtube, and my own experience :p


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