Banana and Egg – two new meanings

The English language is constantly evolving especially with new slang words and colloquial expressions.

Last year I heard a speech from a man who was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Australia. He described himself as a banana – “yellow on the outside and white on the inside”.

According to Urban Dictionary, a banana can mean “an Asian person who acts like they are white – Yellow on the outside  and white on the inside”.

A related slang word is egg which has the opposite meaning to banana. An egg is a white person (Caucasian) who is very Asian inside.  Urban Dictionary gives the example of  a white kid who hangs out with all the Asians.

“Why does he always hang out with Asians?”

“Oh, you didn’t know? He’s an egg”.

According to that definition I would describe myself as an egg and proud of it!  My wife is Japanese and I have many Asian friends. I enjoy the diversity of their culture, world views and experience. I value my friendships with people from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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