cầu sung vừa đủ xài

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Based on the words for five types of fruits: mãng cầu (sugar apple), sung (fig), dừa (coconut), đu đủ (papaya), xoài (mango)), with phono-semantic matching with sung () (as in sung túc) and xài (to use, to spend); roughly "having enough wealth for a comfortable life".


  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [kəw˨˩ sʊwŋ͡m˧˧ vɨə˨˩ ʔɗu˧˩ saːj˨˩]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [kəw˦˩ ʂʊwŋ͡m˧˧ vɨə˦˩ ʔɗʊw˧˨ saːj˦˩] ~ [kəw˦˩ sʊwŋ͡m˧˧ vɨə˦˩ ʔɗʊw˧˨ saːj˦˩]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [kəw˨˩ ʂʊwŋ͡m˧˧ vɨə˨˩ ʔɗʊw˨˩˦ saːj˨˩] ~ [kəw˨˩ sʊwŋ͡m˧˧ jɨə˨˩ ʔɗʊw˨˩˦ saːj˨˩]


cầu sung vừa đủ xài

  1. (Southern Vietnam, occult) to offer certain fruits during Tết as a way to wish for fortune

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