Friday, August 9, 2013

Pag May Time

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Search search din PAG MAY TIME.

Perhaps the most popular expression going around the local social media today is the pattern the same as the one above. "Pag may time" literally means when one has time or chance. This line is tucked after a repeated verb and the adverb "din" that means also. 

On the other note, one basic feature of the Filipino language is the repetition of words for emphasis. For example, in this case of the expression, the verb is repeated to emphasize the activity. Hence, we can say "sulat sulat", "kain kain", "tulog tulog", "lakad lakad", "labas labas", "usap usap" and among others.

The whole expression is usually said in the context of those people who lack something. A malnourished child is advised "Kain kain din pag may time" or "Eat too when you have time." A yawning person is also jokingly told "Tulog tulog din pag may time" or "Sleep too when you have time."

The line is also expressed by busy persons. For instance, when they chance upon a free time, they would usually comment "Rest rest din pag may time" or "Rest too when I have time." Or if they are on a break day, they would post an online status like "Online online din pag may time" or "Online too when I have time."

Aside from the verbs, other descriptive phrases can also be used. Here are some examples I found around:

"Kinig kinig din pag may time" -by student listening to his teacher
"Yung abot baba na eyebags. Tulog tulog din pag may time." -by a sleepless person
"Gamit-gamit din ng utak pag may time." -by a fooled girl
"Ang sarap kainin ng pride pag may time." -by one who wants to swallow pride
"I wish life has delete buttons. Bitter din pag may time." -by a bitter person
"Pa-follow din pag may time." -by a writer campaigning for blog membership
"Bonding bonding din pag may time." -by a busy group of friends
"Isip isip din ng ma-ipost pag may time." -by a person thinking of what to post
"Throwback thursday din pag may time." -by someone captioning an old photograph
"Vegetables din pag may time." -by a teen eating vegetable once a while
"Group hug group hug din pag may time." -by members of a local band
"Lingon lingon din pag may time." -by a taken man turning his head to a pretty woman

The origin of the said expression though is unclear but surely we are a bunch of creative people who love to play and twist words in our language to express our thoughts in a still positive way.

So, I say: Saliksik saliksik din sa ating pambansang wika pag may time. Explore our national language too when you have time.


  1. This is actually an expression of sarcasm.
    The sayer is expecting someone to do something. but implies that the latter doesn't do it.

  2. sabi kay chico loco raw galing,eh kay vice ganda ko yun lagi naririnig

  3. Just sound so silly! I hope everyone will stop using it!


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