The Chabacano Expression 'Todo Bagon'

That’s a load of Crap! B*ullsh*t! These are expressions in the English language that are used to mean nonsense, foolishness or hogwash (which is another expression).

In the Chabacano de Zamboanga, we say lasang or lasangan. Lasang or lasangan came out during the early 2000s (I think) and was in use for about a decade. Previously though, the favored word was tonterias, pendejadas or locuras. All these words are actually falling into disuse.

Today, the favored word is todo bagon. Todo means 'all' and bagon means shrimp paste (from bagoong). So literally, it means all shrimp paste. When you say that a person is todo bagon, it means that that person is not making any sense.

One may also say todo vos bagon or you are all shrimp paste. A word of caution though, this sounds very offensive.

I heard that this expression is very popular among the people who live in the rural areas or on the outskirts of Zamboanga city. It is quickly gaining popularity though in mainstream Chabacano de Zamboanga.

Bagoong is the Filipino or Tagalog term for shrimp paste. I am not sure if other ethnic groups of people in the Philippines (like the Ilocanos, or the Cebuanos) have a different term for bagoong but in Chabacano, we say bagon (with a stress on the 'o'). I think this word developed from the Tagalog bagoong because of the Zamboangueño accent.

So the next time you are in Asia’s Latin city and somebody cracks a joke, you can tell that person, ‘todo bagon!’ 😜

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