Kay Po Chni

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Kay Po Chni

Snar Uar Ee

Chiak Bo Kau

Ko Chai Thni.

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(1st Version in English)

Busybody Spirit

Three bowls of glutinous rice balls (local sweet soup)

Still not enough

Again ask for another helping.

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(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Kay Po Chni

Sampat Ee

Chiak Bo Kau

Ko Chai Thni.

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(2nd Version in English)

Busybody spirit

Ignorant aunty

Still not enough

Again ask for another helping.

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(3rd Version in Hokkien)

Kay Po Chni

Sampat Ee

Bo Larng Chiak

Kar Ki Thni.

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(3rd Version in English)

Busybody spirit

Ignorant aunty

No one eats

Serving oneself with another helping.

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(4th Version in Hokkien)

Kay Po Chni

Tiam Ean Chi

Ean Chi Ang

Pek Chieu Chang

Chieu Chang Toe

Chay Mo Toe

Mo Toe Peng

Khar Ch’ooi Cheng.

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(3rd Version in English)

Busybody spirit

Puts on the lipstick

The lipstick is red in color

Climbs up the tree

The tree fell

Sits on a motorcycle

The motorcycle overturned

Busybody has his buttocks swollen!

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About this rhyme:~

This rhyme pokes fun at busybodies or those who stick their noses into others affair, a trait that seldom people approve of. It is also used to vent anger at uninvited guest/gatecrashers.

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

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