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Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka Just Announced The New Malay Word For ‘Photobomb’ And It Sounds Fishy

Trust us, it’s not ‘bom gambar’.

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Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka Just Announced The New Malay Word For ‘Photobomb’ And It Sounds Fishy
Image: AP via Vogue
Do you know that annoying feeling when you’re trying to get a good shot of the beautiful scenery when all of a sudden, your friend decides to photobomb the picture?

Sure, it’ll take a few more tries until you get that pesky friend out of the way, but it’s worth the wait.

Photobombs can also be somewhat enjoyable or a pleasant surprise. Don’t believe us? Well, Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon photobombed a couple of fans who visited The Voice’s studio recently and it was epic. Watch the video here.

All this while, we Malaysians have been referring to the act of purposely ‘enter-frame’ photos as photobomb. But have you ever wondered if there's a word for 'photobomb' in Bahasa Malaysia?

Recently Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) released a few new words in Malay. Among them are photobomb, nap, and pick-up line.

Pick-up line is known as kata pikat in Malay while nap is now known as meridap. As interesting as these two new terms sound, nothing could ever compare to the Malay word for 'photobomb'.

Are you ready to have your minds blown?

Tuna in Malay turns out isn't a fish.
It’s actually… tunafoto! Yes, tuna and foto.

We know, you might be thinking, "Wait, isn’t tuna fish?" Well, to be honest, we had the same thought too until we found out what it stands for in Malay.
 
According to DBP, tuna actually bears the meaning ‘imperfect, hurt, or broke’ in Malay.

Interesting, right? So, next time if you want to scold your friend for photobombing your pictures, tell them to go tunafoto somewhere else.
 
 
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