February 16th, 2014

piranha - chomp.

Learn something new every day!

Bubble_TeaSo I always thought "boba" was a bastardization of "bubble", thus the phrase bubble tea**.

Turns out, not so much!
According to the Internets, bōbà is Chinese slang for large breasts.

Surely one of my authentic Chinese friends - meaning the kind that actually speak Chinese, not folks like me who only tap into their Chinese roots when ordering food or trying to finagle a li sei envelope at New Year's -  could have told me this.


** Boba/bubble tea, often commonly referred to as pearl tea, is a milk tea with balls of tapioca mixed in. They come in a wide variety of tea flavors, but popular variations include strawberry, peach, melon, lychee and taro.