xà bông

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French savon

Noun[edit]

bông

  1. (Southern dialects) soap
  2. (Southern dialects, colloquial) laundry detergent, washing powder

Usage notes[edit]

In Southern regions, xà bông usually colloquially refers to laundry detergent instead of soap. If you go to a general store asking for a xà bông, they would give you laundry powder. You should be more specific by asking for a "xà bông tắm" ("soap for bathing") if you want a real soap, and for a "xà bông giặt" ("soap for laundry") if you want detergent.

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