Blur, adj.

Etymology: Blur n. 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 blear n., 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'.

1978 Leong Choon Cheong Youth in the Army 165 Being ‘blur’, he did not know exactly what he was puffing but was told it was just ordinary tobacco.
2000 Dennis Wee with Sylvia Fong Making Luck with Your Hands 77 That blur-blur kid being pushed around.
2000 Cindy Lim The Straits Times, 1 April, 54 He kept horning at me but I was so blur.
2000 Magdalene Lum (quoting Kumar) The Straits Times (Life!), 29 August, 15 But I’ve met a lot of blur-blur sales-people there.
2001 Magdalene 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.
2003 Marc 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.
2006 The 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

Source: Twitter. Retrieved on 24 Oct,2011

1. act blur: pretend to be ignorant

Source: Twitter. Retrieved 24 Oct, 2011

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)]

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