A recap on 2015’s words/ phrases

In 2015, we’ve heard some pretty interesting words and phrases that left us stunned like vegetable.

Regardless of whether you like these buzzwords or not, they’re so very catchy. Here are 10 that characterised the year 2015.



Pretty self-explanatory.


As much as we groan at the word SG50, the kiasu in us did manage to snag some pretty good deals thanks to SG50 promotions. Not forgetting the free places of attractions during the NDP weekend.

Maybe SG50 wasn’t all that bad after all.

Still, we don’t really want to see that word anymore.

2. “Treat it as a form of exercise”

To get first-hand insight into the lives of elderly cardboard collectors, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin joined a group of young Singaporeans from Youth Corp. He was surprised with the project’s findings, which suggested that some elderly collect cardboards to exercise.

While I often chat with them when I meet them, I haven’t gone so far up the value chain to know the middle man and the…

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Indeed, the elderly folks are just exercising. Why head to the park’s fitness corner when you can collect cardboard?


3. Peat

What in the world is peat?

Before this year’s haze crisis that engulfed Singapore and the region with hazardous smog, no one knew.



If you’re still unaware, peat is a mixture of partially decayed organic matter or vegetation that is unique to natural areas called peatlands or mires. When fires occur in areas with soils laid over peat, it results in a peat fire.

The lingering haze could be largely attributed to the outbreak of peat fires as they tend to smoulder under the surface for months since they are hard to put out. Peat fires also release unusually large amounts of certain pollutants compared to other types of fires. For one, peat fires emit three times more carbon monoxide and ten times more methane than savanna fires.


4. Bae

This was the year couples randomly started calling their other halves a Danish poop.


For the uninitiated, maybe Urban Dictionary explains it better:

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And no, Ma, Bae is not short for bacon.

5. Un-un-un-un-unbelievable

 We so stunned like vegetable.

The industry veteran has surely established himself as a Singaporean household name by now.

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6. “I will oblige to dance with him (Lee Hsien Loong)” 

In Amos Yee’s controversial anti-Lee Kuan Yew YouTube video made after our founding father’s death, Yee brazenly invited PM Lee to sue him for his opinions.

If Lee Hsien Loong wishes to sue me, I will oblige to dance with him.


Unfortunately, even after Yee got slapped, had suicidal thoughts, and was sentenced to jail, he did not get to dance with the Prime Minister.

Poor thing.


7. “Thumbs up man!”

“Boo to PAP!”

We can’t decide which line is more memorable, but whichever it is, we’re sure National Solidarity Party’s Choong Hon Heng’s rally speech will go down in history as one of GE2015’s biggest fails.

8. “Ownself check ownself”

Yet another quotable quote from this year’s GE that we’ll remember forever.


Here’s a quick #throwback to Pritam Singh’s speech:

Fellow WP member Chen Show Mao probably took heed and presumably voted for himself during the last GE.

Why not? Nothing wrong with “ownself check ownself”, even if it means checking a box [X].

9. “I don’t want to hear any more complaints”

After the release of the sample counts, a visibly displeased Kenneth Jeyaretnam said:

All this is a mandate for authoritarianism and brainwashing. Singaporeans get the government they deserve. I don’t want to hear any more complaints.


Asking a nation of champion grumblers not to complain would be quite a “tall order”, as Choong Hon Heng would say.

10. “Extremely/ gravely/ deeply concerned”

Following the Great MRT Breakdown on 7 July this year, then-Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew took to Facebook and shared that he was “extremely concerned”.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong was gravely/ deeply concerned about the cluster of hep C cases in Singapore General Hospital.

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We also sibeh concerned.

Some buzzwords are here to stay

Of course, not all buzzwords are bad. Some help to convey an idea effortlessly, like “ownself check ownself”. Others, on the other hand, have emerged thanks to popular culture.

Who knows – one day, words like bae might even be added to the Oxford Dictionary.

Oh wait – the dumb word has already been legitimised.

R.I.P., English.


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