a-tok-á

Min NanEdit

simpl. and trad.
阿斲仔

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ a˧˧tɔk˥˥a˥˧ ]

EtymologyEdit

  • The above story gave birth to the term 斲鼻 (tok-phīⁿ), which describes a person with a hooked nose. Westerners were originally noted for their unusual noses, and therefore were called 斲鼻仔 (tok-phīⁿ-á or hook nose). This term was later replaced by the more informal sounding a-tok-á.

NounEdit

a-tok-á (POJ, traditional and simplified 阿斲仔)

  1. (slang) a westerner; a Caucasian person of European or American descent; a round eyes

Usage notesEdit

  • Usually used in reference to Americans. Like most such ethnic terms, the word is either insulting or neutral depending on who says it, and in what context.
Last modified on 26 March 2014, at 06:57