Different countries have different languages, and as time pass, each language evolves, too. Amazingly, there is this country that is not only known for its thousands of islands, but also of its rich culture – the Philippines. The country's culture reflects the many native languages it has, like Tagalog, Ilocano and Bisaya. At this point, the younger generation in the country has another addition on the list, and they call it – the conyo language.
In the Philippine context, the meaning of the word conyo refers to the way Filipino speaks in Taglish (Tagalog and English language). They usually combine the two languages in at least a single sentence. As years pass, the word conyo does not just only refer to words or terms but also a class of people.
What is conyo?
Many people are curious to know convo meaning (especially the older ones). Conyo or coño in its literal sense, is slang for the female genitalia (in Spanish). It is also somewhat a vulgar Spanish idiom primarily used in Spain and the Spanish Caribbean. The word has become a figure of speech to express emphasis or to stress a wide variety of emotions.
In the Philippines (as mentioned above) the meaning of the word is quite different. Conyo language is often used by youth in the upper class (the rich ones). It is also heard in some conversations among students who study at expensive schools and universities.
Conyo does not only define a word or a language used, but it also refers to people. According to Cosmopolitan magazine, below are some signs that you are a certified conyo kid.
- You don't know how to commute. You either bring a car or have yourself dropped to work every day by your driver.
- You are up-to-date with all the Apple products.
- You love to say things like, "I can't even," "Can you just not? and "I know, right?"
- You attend every single music festival and international DJs' gigs here in the Philippines.
- You call Kwek-Kwek (Filipino street food) egg waffle or neon balls.
- You love to reply in abbreviations such as "G!" (go!).
- You always love to go to expensive restaurants and coffee shops and update your social media accounts with some snaps.
As defined earlier, conyo is an urban slang where combined English and Tagalog words are used in a phrase. For better understanding, we have listed down examples of conyo lines that are funny and cringe-y at the same time.
- Please make ligpit of the plates. (Please clear out the plates.)
- The girls will make bawi. I have tiwala on them that this time, they will laban. (The girls will recover. I trust them that this time, they will fight.)
- My classmates are so maingay but I’m thankful because they always tulong me with our homework. (My classmates are so noisy, but I’m thankful because they always help me with our homework.)
- I don’t like her because she is making gulo my life. (I don’t like her because she is ruining my life.)
- She is so nakakainis. Like, I can’t even. (She is so annoying. Like, I can’t even.)
- I am supposed to inom my vitamins, but I’m such makakalimutin, so later na lang. (I am supposed to take my vitamins, but I easily forget things. I’ll take it later.)
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- The spicy chicken is not that really masarap. (The spicy chicken is not that delicious.)
- I can’t savor my matcha tea latte in complete katahimikan. (I can’t savor my matcha tea latte in complete silence.)
- I can’t even isip the right word to say. I hate it when she always sabi that she will sama when she really wont. “I can’t even think the right word to say. I hate it when she always say that she will come with us when she really won’t.
- My paps think I have a jowa. He told me na I was dating my boyfriend yesterday that’s why I’m so saya today. He is so nakakatawa. (My father think that I have a boyfriend. He told me that I was dating my boyfriend yesterday, that is why I’m so happy today. He is so funny.)
- She always make gaya of everything I do. Doesn’t she have originality? I want make usap with her and tell her that it is not nakakatuwa anymore. (She always imitates everything I do. Doesn’t she have originality? I want to talk to her and tell her that it is not funny anymore.)
- Our school vacation is so bitin. I still want to make higa on my bed for the whole day, but I can’t because there’s pasok na. (Our school vacation is so short. I still want to lay on my bed the whole day, but I can't because classes started already.)
- It is a sad reality that no one will sundo you in your bahay because you still don’t have a jowa. (It is a sad reality that no one will fetch you in your house because you still don’t have a boyfriend.)
- I think he is making paramdam on me as if he likes me, or am I just assumera? (I think he is hitting on me or am I just assuming?)
- My phone got snatched by a magnanakaw, but that is fine, I will bili na lang a new one. (My phone got snatched by a thief, but that is fine, I will just buy a new one.)
- It’s raining and I don’t have payong. Maybe I’ll just use my laptop to cover my ulo. (It’s raining and I don’t have an umbrella. Maybe I’ll just use my laptop to cover my head.)
- I think I’m baliw na because I always isip him every time I’m mag-isa. (I think I’m crazy because I always think of him when I’m alone.)
- Are we friends na on Facebook? You should add me so that we can make usap through messenger. (Are we already friend on Facebook? You should add me so that we can talk through messenger.)
Conyo words and phrases are now part of the Pinoy slangs and would continue to be in the coming ages. There might have been some negative views about the use of the language, but the people who chose to speak conyo have their rights to whatever way they want to talk. Besides, they somehow bring GV (good vibes) to those who hear it, so, what is the problem?
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