The most common Singlish term, according to a study, is “alamak,” while Gen Z terms including “slay” are less common

According to the first survey on slang used in Singapore, the most often used Singlish word here is “alamak,” which is an exclamation of astonishment or dismay. The word “makan,” which means “to eat,” and the usual fillers “lah,” “lor,” “meh,” and “leh,” which are typically used for emphasis, also scored among the top three terms. The study was carried out by the Ukrainian language-learning business Preply among more than 1,500 Singaporeans between the ages of 16 and 50. However, the majority of respondents were unaware of the growing trend of Gen Z slang, such as the terms “rizz,” which stands for charisma, and “slay,” which refers to performing a task exceptionally effectively.


According to Preply, who spoke to The Straits Times, the study, which will take place in January and February of 2024, is to emphasize the patterns and difficulties people encounter when learning a new language as well as the opinions of native speakers on the usage of slang. Language expert Sylvia Johnson of Preply stated: “There’s no denying slang has an important role in language and culture, even though attitudes toward it may vary across settings and generations.” Acquiring familiarity with the regional vernacular is crucial for acquiring language skills and blending in with the community. It exhibits cultural sensitivity in addition to language proficiency. The highest percentage of respondents (66%) to the study were able to utilize the word “alamak” in a sentence.


During her fourth concert night at the National Stadium on March 7, pop diva Taylor Swift’s dancer Kameron Saunders jokingly used the same term on stage to thunderous acclaim from the audience. It was part of a running farce to include Singlish terms like “walao eh” into the performance. According to Preply’s research, the top 10 Singlish terms also include “kaypoh,” which means inquisitive, “paiseh,” which expresses humiliation, and “shiok,” which indicates something tasty or pleasant. Preply also conducted a study to find out how familiar respondents were with a newly formed category of slang terminology used by Gen Z, which is defined as people who were born between the late 1990s and around 2010.




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