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YA YA
Arrogant
"Don't be so ya ya, I warn you."
See also: Dao  Ya Ya Papaya  

YA YA PAPAYA
An arrogant person
"Johnny is such a ya ya papaya."

YAH LAH!
"I know!" Usually repeated for emphasis.
Beng: "Eh, don’ch angry leh, just kidding what!"
Seng: "Yah lah, yah lah, OK lah!"


YAN DAO  (Contributed by Bernard Quek)
A handsome male.
Mr Shitface: I am so yan dao!
Mrs Shitface: Yah, right!


YANG-OR  (Contributed by Feng)
Corruption of the Malay word "sayang", meaning "love" or "darling".
"I wan' a yang-or," said Ah Lian, pouting.

YAT KEOK TEK
(yaht kyok tek)
Cantonese term literally meaning "to kick with one leg". Can be used to describe a job where one has to do everything; can also refer to a jack of all trades, but not usually by choice.
"This is a small startup, everyone must yat keok tek one."

YAU KWEE
Hokkien term literally meaning “hungry ghost”. It describes a glutton or avaricious person.
“Eh, don’t take all the prawns from the buffet, leh! Why you so yau kwee?”

YAU MO GAU CHOR?
Cantonese for "did you make a mistake", used to denote incredulity and surprise.
"Ah Beng got invited to joing the Young PAP? Yau mo gau chor?"
See also: Ooh yiah boh?  

YOUR HEAD  (Contributed by Daniel Hong)
Mild curse used to disabuse someone of his or her erroneous assumption.
1. Ah Beng: "You sure fail the test!"
Ah Seng: "Your head, lah!"
2. "She? Win Miss Universe? Your head, lah!"





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