Back in Taylor's College - where we met 8 years ago - she popularized the word "kanasai".
If you asked me back then, I'd probably guess that it's a Japanese word
After all, it rhymes with "samurai"
But actually, it's a Hokkien (Chinese dialect) word that means "looks like shit"
"Kanasai" featured so infectiously in her daily vocab that the entire college of English-speaking students started using the"kanasai" every 5 mins in their conversations
Kanasai is a very versatile word.
For example,... if you think a dress is ugly, you may say - " This dress is so kanasai"
If you don't like the taste of a particular food - "It tastes so kanasai"
Being a pretty girl, she had many admirers whom she'd bluntly describe as "kanasai"
After a while, we became a bit lazy and we shortened the word to "ganas" (in Malay, the word ganas means aggressive... It also has the connotation of sexual aggressiveness)
I had to laugh thinking about how we blatantly coaxed her to share stories about her "ganas" admirers in our girl gossip sessions
Well, she had finally met a nice gentleman (5 years ago) who's not "kanasai" :)