I know that "機車" is motorcycle and it is also used as a slang word, but I was unsure of its meaning. Thus, i checked this page, and I was confused by its ambiguity when translated to English, as listed below:

  • indecisive
  • temperamental
  • fickle/flaky/capricious
  • stubborn
  • demanding
  • jerk

Is jerk the English equivalent of "機車"? If not, is there an English equivalent? What was the origin of this slang meaning? I cannot find any correlation between "motorcycle" and any of the meanings listed...

Thanks in advance!

  • 机车 iciba [铁道] locomotive; engine ; haulage motor ; loco 小马词典:locomotive; train engine car; scooter (Taiwan); hard to get along with (Taiwan slang) iciba:摩托车,motorcycle
    – user6065
    Apr 30, 2015 at 4:43
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    Yeah that doesn't even begin to answer the question.....
    – Mou某
    Apr 30, 2015 at 12:48
  • 该评论的目的为提醒大家普通话里"机车"是什么意思以及motorcycle在普通话里叫做什么。另外好象值得注意的是问题所提出"机车"的特殊意义似乎仅限于台湾。根据小马词典甚至在台湾俚语里"机车"是表示"小型摩托车"的意思而不是 "摩托车"。users are supposed to avoid answering questions in comments 用户应该避免用评论回答问题
    – user6065
    Apr 30, 2015 at 15:12
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    @S.Rhee I guess user3306356 meant that your comment is not helpful at all to my question, but I do find the meaning "hard to get along with" helpful. Perhaps the format is confusing and lowers the readability. Apr 30, 2015 at 16:16

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It's a Taiwanese slang.

機車:在台灣有時會用來形容人難以相處,作為一種罵人用語。由來為台灣閩南人中,部分人士對於令人不滿 的人會以粗俗詞語「欠姦」(閩南話)來形容,甚至以「膣屄」(閩南話,發音類似「機掰」)取代「欠姦」, 但由於感到不雅或故意作為玩笑,起於民國80年代的學生族群,有一些人「機……」第一個音發出後,第二個 音改接「車」而成為「機車」。

ref : wikipedia of 機車

  • Didn't expect this to be on wikipedia...Thank you! Apr 30, 2015 at 15:03

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