Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

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文化

Culture

police (colloquially known as mata, derived from mata-mata)

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文化

Culture

释义

名词

警察的俗称。

DEFINITION

Noun

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由来

  • “马打”源自于荷印时期华人的用语,在印度尼西亚华人公馆的档案《公案簿》可见“㐷礁”一词。马打是印度尼西亚语mata-mata简略化的对音,其基词mata是眼睛的意思,取其“耳目”的含义,因此以mata-mata来称呼“暗探”,马来语的mata-mata指的是警察。

ETYMOLOGY

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例句

在华语还不普及,本地人主要使用马来语及闽南方言的时代,巴刹是马来语“Pasar”的音译词,是市场的意思;“马打”也来自马来语“Mata-Mata”,是警察的意思;“厝”是闽南语称“房子”的用词,例如医院叫“老君厝”,消防局叫“打火厝”,而“马打厝”就是指警察局。(《联合晚报》,10/10/2018)

SAMPLE SENTENCE

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其他地区用语

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TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS

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相关资料

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RELATED INFORMATION

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