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17 Words That Mean Something Completely Different If You're Ilocano

Bagoong = life.

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What other people think it means: Nipples hehehehe.

What Ilocanos know it means: What you ate for lunch or dinner—string beans.

"Ang sarap ng adobong utong ni Aleng Bebeng."

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What other people think it means: Uhm.. The female genitalia? In plural form?

What Ilocanos know it means: A hair cut, you dirty minded fool.

"Need my monthly dose of pukis. Would you give me one?"

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What other people think it means: A nervous penis?

What Ilocanos know it means: That other thing I ate with the utong—patola or luffa gourd.

"I have a huge kabatite in my apartment. Wanna see it?"

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What other people think it means: Testicles!!!!!!

What Ilocanos know it means: When someone takes too long at arrive or do something.

"Ang bayag mo naman, bro. Miss na kita eh."

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Star Cinema

What other people think it means: Something you do when you've had way too much Mexican food.

What Ilocanos know it means: Little rats you find inside the house.

"Babe, dito muna ako sa inyo, ah? Ang daming utut sa bahay eh."

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What other people think it means: Another word for the female genitalia.

What Ilocanos know it means: To tickle or a ticklish feeling.

"Pare, wag d'yan. May kiki ako d'yan."

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What other people think it means: Two female genitalia spelled in a fancy way???

What Ilocanos know it means: An eggplant dish usually eaten during breakfast.

"Today was a good day because there was poqui-poqui waiting for me at the table when I woke up."

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What other people think it means: Something bitter and therefore shouldn't be anywhere near my mouth ever?

What Ilocanos know it means: BEST DISH EVER. Especially when nursing a hangover.

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What other people think it means: Two pigs? Lol. I guess it's also a type of rice cake idk?

What Ilocanos know it means: A native delicacy that always gets missed whenever we leave the province.

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