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JAMBU
(jum-boo)
Adjective used by Mats to describe the pulchritude of their women. Derived from the common name of a juicy, plump local fruit, the jambu (Syzygium samarangense, known to orang putihs as the Wax Apple or Java Apple).
"Adoi, check out that minah, man. Super jambu, sial."
See also: Jude  

JANGAN CATASTROPHE
Where a Mat Roker might ask one to "jangan tension", the Cambridge-educated metropolitan Malay of today would use this phrase to calm you down.
See also: Mat  Jangan Tension  Relac  Maintain Balan.  

JANGAN TENSION
A Mat-ism, it is an exhortation to keep one's cool.
See also: Relac  Jangan Catastrophe  Maintain Balan  Mat.  

JERORIZE  (Contributed by Kevin)
((jee-row-rize))
To nullify something. Literally, to make ‘zero’ (or as we pronounce it, “jiro” or “jilo”).
“If you don’t clear your leave by the end of the year, I will jerorize them.” (If you don’t clear your leave by the end of the year, I’ll record it as forfeited.)

JI SEOW
(jee see-ow)
To provoke, irritate or disturb. The original Hokkien term from which this is derived means to titillate sexually.
"Eh, I'm si beh busy now. Don't come and ji seow me."

JIBRA
The proper way to pronounce "Zebra".
"There got jibra crossing, why you must jaywalk?"

JILO
The proper way to pronounce "Zero".
"Your test how come can get jilo one?"

JUANG LAH  (Contributed by Human Bear)
Of uncertain origin, this phrase probably derives from the Malay word "juang" meaning to fight or struggle. However, in Singlish, it has ironically come to be an expression of resignation or nonchalance, similar to "Whatever" or "Anything".
1. Ah Beng: "He everytime say you, you don'ch care, meh?" Ah Seng: "Juang lah! Let him say, lah!"
2. Ah Check: "Eh, what you want to eat tonight, ah?"
Ah Soh: "Juang lah, anything also can."


JUDE
(joot)
"Pretty." Of uncertain provenance.
"Convent girls are all damn jude."
See also: Chio  




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