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Cantonese Slang of the Week: Sparkle Bombing

By Jenny Leung 27 December 2018
Made-up vocabulary only known to locals, words that consist of a mix of both English and Chinese, and double-entendres that make absolutely no sense – these are just a few of the things that make Cantonese one of the hardest languages to learn. So, we thought it was about time we gave you folks a quick lesson on some funny terminology, common phrases, and the latest Internet slang. We guarantee it will score you a few extra points with the locals!

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Sparkle Bombing | "Fong Sim Daan"

So, you’re scrolling down your Instagram feed and within two minutes you’ve already seen about a hundred cutesy photos of your friend showing off their new boyfriend/girlfriend – well, that’s called Fong Sim Daan. When directly translated, "Fong" means to release, and "Sim Daan" is a sparkle/flash bomb. This phrase is used to describe affectionate couples whose overbearing love is so in-your-face that it feels like a bomb has just exploded right in front of you. So, basically it's like the usual PDA, but on a whole new level.

Example: "Singletons should stay away from Facebook or Instagram on New Year's Eve, because there’s a whole load of icky lovebirds ready to Fong Sim Daan."
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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.

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