What derogatory terms are there for mainlanders in Hong Kong Cantonese?

I know there are a lot of terms that start with 北 but I'm not sure of specific ones.

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    Dec 15, 2015 at 10:53
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    Dec 15, 2015 at 12:06

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The one with 北 could be 北姑 or 北佬.

There are many other derogatory terms for Mainlanders, including:

  • 阿燦
  • 表叔, 表姐
  • 强国人
  • 皇虫, 蝗虫

Refer to this, this and this.

  • The first 2 (阿燦, 表叔, 表姐) is used in the 80's (more as in Derogatory) while 强国人, 皇虫 is more recent (more as in Hostility)
    – Alex
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:20
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    Good answer. @user3306356 consider accepting it?
    – Stan
    Dec 15, 2015 at 10:02
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    Hongkongers don't say 北佬.
    – velut luna
    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:32

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