Singlish: Basket

BasketPronounced: bar-skate

Basket is not a reference to containers made out of wicker, but rather an exclamation when you are a tad peeved or, as the Coxford puts it, frustrated.

A sample of its use might be:

DH: “I thought you weren’t going to volunteer for that?”
Friend of DH: “No, I’m not.”
DH: “Then what was he talking about?”
Friend of DH: “I’m not – you are!”
DH: “Basket!”

As pointed out by the Coxford Singlish dictionary, the term basket is often thought to have originated as a replacement for ‘bastard,’ and certainly in modern use we often hear of it as such.

Bad words for nice company, perhaps?

Comment posted by ozlady
at 6/22/2007 12:20:41 AM

LOL Thanks – we’ll have you speaking like a local Singaporean in no time!!!

Comment posted by Cuckoo
at 6/21/2007 11:22:26 PM

Hmmm Learning & increasing my vocab about singlish thru your posts.

Keep it up.

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