[quote=“bismarck”]First off, I’m not disputing anyone’s definition. I’m just giving my five cents worth. When I first heard the song (我愛台妹) my original suspicion was that a Tai Mei (台妹) was an unmarried Taiwanese girl probably, but not restricted to under the age of 25 or thereabouts. Now I came to this conclusion because of the amalgam of Tai (台) as in Taiwan (台灣), and mei (妹) as in mei mei (妹妹). You know, the usual generalisation we all use for unmarried young ladies back home. Be that “California girls” or “American girls” or “South African girls” (jong bokkies). It all made sense to me.
But it seems it depends on who you ask. My SO (23, university educated girl from a fairly upper middle class home) would have me believe it’s a term for a very low class, common and ugly girl in Taiwan. Not necessarily a betelnut girl, she tells me, 'cos they can be pretty so don’t always fall into what she defines as Tai Mei. Although she is quick to point out that the guys who like betelnut girls (you know, the gangster look alike, wife beater wearing, betelnut chewing tatooed local guy) are Tai Ke. But perhaps the soul of my heart is just a tad snobbish…
My friend’s wife (34, high school educated from a relatively low middle class home) is adamant that a Tai Mei closer to what Maoman describes.
Personally I feel that MCHotDog also probably uses the term in definition closer to what Maoman describes it to be that what my SO says. But where my SO is concerned, it doesn’t matter what I say. As long as I don’t call her Tai Mei… :homer:[/quote]
Just some clarification here: There are two different words for taimei, with two different meanings. One is tàimèi (太妹), the other is táimèi (台妹). They are two different words, with two different meanings. The first is the schoolgirl tough, the second is the female version of táikè (台客), albeit less of a pejorative. Basically, táimèi (台妹) means a typical Taiwanese chick. In some people’s minds typical local = low class, but I know more and more people wear táikè (台客) and táimèi (台妹) as a badge of honour.