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Just a few fun acronyms ... to complement your Bahasa Indonesia learning!

ABCD

ABRI Bukan Cepak Doang (He's not in the Army, but his hair style looks like one) cepak = very short hair

Aspal

Asli tapi palsu - original but fake / immitation (also the word for asphalt)

ATM

Angkat Tangan Mas Put up your hands bro!

BCA

bule cari ayam (foreigners looking for chickens)

Bank Cape Antri (Tired of waiting!)

BSS

bayar sendiri-sendiri (when dining out everyone pays for their own meal - what Americans refer to as “going Dutch”

Carmuk

cari muka - act in order to gain interest from his/her boss (literal translation = to find face)

Coca-Cola

Cowok cakap cowok laki (said by girls about a good looking guy)

EGP

Emang Gua Pirkirin ( I don't think of it or I don't care, or why should Ithink about that) - note - note really polite, so use with caution!

Ember

Emang bener (that's absolutely right) - emang is a shortened version of memang

GARUDA

Go And Rest Until the Delay Announcement ... or ...
Good And Reliable Under Dutch Administration

IWA

Indonesia Wins Again ... hey there ain't' nuthin' you can do ... that's just the way it is here!!

Jayus

Jahil and Usil - not funny, if somebody tells a joke, and its not funny, you can say "jayus"
Jojoba Jomblo Jomblo Bahagia (Happy singles)
Joker Jomblo Keren (Cool Single)

Kakilima

Kanan Kiri Lintas Manusia

Mandor Kawat

Kerja kendor makan kuat (work lazily but eat a lot)
Maksi Makan Siang - Lunch

Mansur

Makan Surang - Don't share food

OmDo

Omong Doang - just talk no action

PeDe

Percaya Diri [an impression for someone who is over confident]

Pin-Pin-Bo

Pintar-Pintar-Bodoh [an impression for someone who pretends not knowing]

PDA

Please Dong Ah ...

PPP

Putra Putri President ... referred (in the past) to the Soeharto kids ... and their business empires

P-7

Proper Prior Planning Prevent P*ss Poor Performance - P-7 (pronounced "pay tujuh") is the acronym for a past Indonesian government program
Pungli Pungutan Liar - bribe (payment above/outside legal fees)

PW or PeWe

Posisi Wuenak - Comfortable Position. As in, "Aku tidak mau kemana-mana, soalnya udah PW." Translates , "I dont want to go anywhere, I'm comfortable here."

SKSD

Sok Kenal Sok Dekat - someone pretending to be close to someone else...

SMP

Sudah Makan Pulang ... Go to a party, eat the food and then go home ... no need to site around and chat after the meal!

Titi Kamal

Hati-hati Kalo Making Love - be careful if you're making love !

TTDJ

(read: teetee deejay) Hati-hati Di Jalan (be careful during your trip) Note: Titi DJ is a famous singer

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