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sozai sor zai is word in Singlish

SO ZAI (Sor Zai) DEFINITION

Sozai Sor Zai, derived from the Cantonese phrase meaning ‘silly guy’, is colloquially used in Singapore to denote someone who is being silly or acting foolish. It’s often used in a light-hearted, teasing manner.

USAGE OF SOR ZAI IN SENTENCES

  1. Oh my, these people are behaving like such sor zai! (pronounced: so-zai sor-zai)

(In this context, sor zai is used to point out the silliness of people.)

  1. Uncle, why are you acting like a sor zai today? (pronounced: so-zai sor-zai)

(Here, the speaker is teasingly calling the person “sor zai”.)

  1. I love hanging out with my friends, even if they act like sor zai sometimes. (pronounced: so-zai sor-zai)

(In this sentence, the speaker affectionately refers to their friends’ playful silliness.)

  1. The guys at the market always act like sor zai when they see fresh seafood, rushing to get the best pick! (pronounced: so-zai sor-zai)

(Here, sor zai is used to describe the enthusiastic and somewhat foolish behavior of people at the market.)

ORIGIN OF SOR ZAI IN SINGLISH

The term sor zai comes from the competitive spirit of the kiasu mindset! People always striving to be first in everything, often act in haste and end up being silly or foolish. This is where the term sor zai comes into play – always in a rush and ending up in comical situations. It’s all in good fun to tease them!

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