Eccentric lingoes of Singapore’s kopitiam culture – Nicknames of drinks (Auntie)


This video is a trailer/teaser of Chope! — A project that explores the peculiar and eccentric lingoes of Singapore’s Kopitiam culture.

Discover and learn more about these nicknames and other Kopitiam Lingoes from our Chope! Book. It has more nicknames, other peculiar lingoes and Kopitiam eccentricities, together with more in-depth explanations. Chope! book is available both at our physical and online store —

Often a mishmash of words from various dialects and culture, one would be surprised by the creativity and originality behind our eclectic Kopitiam culture.

We, Singaporeans are an interesting bunch. Our overwhelming Kopitiam culture is filled with eccentricities that range from choping seats, to quirky table manners, to endearing ways of addressing our servers as Uncle and Auntie.

But perhaps the most peculiar of all is the language in which we order drinks. Some of these lingoes are as old as our forefathers, evolving over generations, while others are relatively new additions. No one really knows their origins, but one thing is for sure: they all display a queer sense of humor unique to our culture.

Chope microsite: thelittledromstore.com/chope
A project by The Little Dröm Store thelittledromstore.com
Video by PARABOLE. parabole.co

Video credit to the YouTube channel owner



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Eccentric lingoes of Singapore’s kopitiam culture – Nicknames of drinks (Auntie)

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