If there’s one thing Malaysians do best, besides eating around the clock (all day, errrday), is turning any topic of conversation into a humorous direction in our own lazy way. It’s a great way to lighten up the mood of any discussion during all those late-night lepak sessions with family and friends, where everyone starts going a little cuckoo. If you’ve been overhearing some acronyms you can’t think of the abbreviations for, you’re in the right place! We have listed down a list of acronyms only Malaysians would understand! – and would sound terribly confusing to others.
1. HSBC or Habis Sebatang Baru Ciao which translates as ‘After one more cigarette, we’ll leave’. During a sit-down coffee session with your friends, it’s difficult to end the conversation and be first to stand up to leave, this is where the acronym comes along. But truly, we all know it’s only a signal to quickly pick up on the gossip which will extend for another hour or so. #JustMalaysianThings
2. JK or Jiwa Kacau. It’s the go-to acronym when you catch a friend in a mood after a heart break. Their activity on Spotify of endless looping of Drake’s 2011 Take Care album and bitter Facebook status updates are signs you should probably call a mate out for drinks!
3. OCBC or Orang Cina Bukan Cina (a Chinese who is not Chinese) this usually applies for those who are mixed descent, one of whose parents is Chinese. Mainly because most Peranakan Chinese don’t speak a Chinese dialect, only enough Cantonese to grub lunch at a hawker stall.
4. DLCW or Dato’ Lee Chong Wei / Don’t Let China Win. Fan-girling over our Malaysian Badminton Player gets us a little creative with his initials, especially when we’re rooting for him during a heated olympic game night with the family.
5. GG or Good Game. I believe this derived from the gaming community, but honestly I think it’s still used by non-gamers. It’s used when you have nowhere out of a situation or basically, when you get slammed by someone and you’re shook.
6. KKS or Kurang Kasih Sayang means lack of love. This could be used in context as a straight-up insult or to tease that friend in every group who’s can’t stop yapping about how single he/she is and the eager to meet someone – but of course most times, they don’t even try or they’re too damn picky!
7. KLMJ or Kenangan Lama Mengusik Jiwa means ‘An old flame bringing back memories’. Malaysia’s not that big of a country and Kuala Lumpur, even smaller. Chances to rekindle with an old flame isn’t a shocking scenario, it’s bound to happen to at least one person in the squad. KLMJ is the perfect label for a friend who stops calling after revisiting a past ‘thing‘ that got away.