Kyle Lim Show: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:29 convoluted not straightforward, complex, twisted, hard to follow
2:24 Calvin College small, liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, MI
2:32 Malays, Chinese, British, Indians Many Singapore residents come from Malaysia, China, the UK, and India.
2:40 over millennia across thousands of years (of history)
2:43 cranky and contentious in a bad mood, difficult to agree with
2:53 D.N.A. basic genetic material (here: core, foundation)
3:11 coming into its own developing its own identity and patterns
3:25 national pledge a statement of loyalty to one’s country
3:53 Hari Raya Breaking of the Fast, also called Eid al Fitr (In Islam, the end of Ramadan)
3:55 Deepavali Festival of Lights, also called Divali (for Hindus)
4:02 acknowledgement  recognition, acceptance that something is true
4:14 collective identity feeling like a group
4:23 predominantly mostly, the majority
4:38 ethnically being of a certain tribe or cultural group
4:41 proportionate to corresponding, comparable, equivalent to
4:50 Anglo white English speaker
5:20 Caucasian white person
5:23 few and far between rare
5:37 phenotypically judged by shape, size, color, and behavior
5:55 jarring hitting, shaking, forcefully impacting
6:17 vivid strong, lively, vigorous
6:35 American sit-com, “Full House” situation comedy broadcast from 1987-95
6:48 Bob Saget  American actor who appeared in “Full House”
7:28 hapa a person of mixed ethnic heritage; from the Hawaiian word for “part” or “mixed”
7:35 Make mulattoes, not war. Mulattoes are biracial people, traditionally from one black and one white parent. Kyle is cleverly playing off of an old slogan, “Make love, not war.”
7:52 overt noticeable, open, unhidden
8:15 conforming pressure force that makes everyone act or be the same
8:48 edgy bold, provoking, making people uncomfortable
9:00 embodiment something that perfectly represents an idea or quality
9:28 take-aways...gleaned things (that were) learned
9:38 cut and dried clear, not ambiguous
9:47 ethnicity tribe or cultural group
9:59 grapple with struggle with, work hard to deal with or understand
10:03 across the board includes everyone (or everything), no exceptions
11:24 on the Hill Heritage Hill, a historically wealthy section of Grand Rapids built in the 1800s
11:27 furniture tycoons people who became wealthy from the furniture manufacturing business
11:42 manyfold numerously, by many times
11:53 Baxter Community Center southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood center supporting the community’s needs in childcare, healthcare, mentoring, education, clothing, and other aspects of wellbeing 
12:25 complacent lazy, comfortable, not thinking critically
13:07 superficial on the surface, not in depth
13:12 immersed completely surrounded by
13:33 vulnerability having or showing weaknesses or imperfection
13:45 doesn’t necessarily equate may not be the same thing
14:09 conflated with class mixed in together with issues of social class (i.e., being rich or poor)
14:28 Reimagining Diversity
14:31 Tall Turf Ministries Christian urban ministry in Grand Rapids, MI (
14:42 impetus motivation
14:50 inhibitors to conversation things that discourage us from talking about the topic
14:55 diversity & inclusion having many differences and making a place for all differences to participate
15:15 equity equal access
15:54 programs and consulting services for diversity & inclusion
16:14 for one as one example
16:33 both sides of the coin both sides of the issue

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.