When Jigs and I became a couple, I didn’t expect to learn a lot from him Tagalog-wise. But as it turns out, there’s more to the vernacular than what most of us Manilenos recognize.
Born and raised in Bulacan, Jigs and his family are what I’d call makalumang Tagalog hustlers. Their words seem outlandish to me at times, but in Bulacan, I’m usually the odd one out when in comes to that.
Below are just some of the (malalalim na) Tagalog terms I learned from them. Note that these are still prevalently used in all parts of Bulacan:
mahirate – mamihasa
patitiin – ang akto ng pagpapatuyo ng pinggan by gravity (yung nilalagay mo siya sa lagayan na may tuluan ng tubig sa ilalim).