1. To engage in a task resulting in high standards and cause others doing that same task to try and work harder in order to meet these higher standards. This is usually in order to refrain from looking inferior if the expectations, which were raised, are not met.
Etymology: Blurn. and vb. appear about the middle of the 16th cent.: their mutual relation is doubtful, and the origin of both unknown: they have been conjecturally viewed as a variant of blearn., and may perhaps be onomatopoeic, combining the effect of blear and blot . The mod. Scots is blore . (Source: OED. Retrieved 24 Oct 2011)
The Singapore style of the word 'blur' is different from the original meaning and the part of speech. Singaporeans use 'blur' as an adjective, to describe somebody who is 'ignorant, stupid, or slow to catch on'. It can also mean 'confused, muddle-headed'.
1978Leong Choon CheongYouth in the Army165 Being ‘blur’, he did not know exactly what he was puffing but was told it was just ordinary tobacco.
2000Magdalene Lum (quoting Kumar) The Straits Times (Life!), 29 August, 15 But I’ve met a lot of blur-blur sales-people there.
2001Magdalene Lum (quoting Mark Lee) The Straits Times(Life!), 9 January, L8 I am really blur about geography and used to fail the subject in school. .. I’m so blur, I didn’t know they existed.
2003Marc Lim & Peh Shing Huei (quoting Mah Bow Tan) The Straits Times, 22 November, A37 We were all blur when we started in 1996. We didn’t know how to run a professional club.
2006The Sunday Times, 20 August, 42 The way we use the word “blur” may also confuse a non-Singaporean. .. [I]t is most commonly used by Singaporeans as an adjective to describe people who never seem to know what’s going on! An example would be the question: “Eh, why are you so blur?”
Source: A dictionary of Singlish and Singapore English. Retrieved on 24 Oct,2011
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1. act blur: pretend to be ignorant
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2. blur king: somebody who is frequently confused or slow to catch on.
blur like sotong: very blur. /so-tong, ˈsɒtɒŋ/ [Mal. sotong cuttlefish (Ridhwan)]