If you were a kid in the early 2000s, you probably remember this amazing show:
That’s right, “Jackie Chan Adventures” — otherwise known as a gift from the cartoon gods.
The story follows Chan, his wise-cracking niece, Jade, and his ultra-knowledgeable Uncle — lovingly referred to as “Uncle” — as they gather the 12 zodiac talismans to keep them safe from the evil Shendu.
While Chan’s martial arts prowess and Jade’s quick-thinking made for a great team, the pair couldn’t do without Uncle’s wisdom; as such, they often asked for his help in obtaining the talismans.
Fans of the series know that one of the most iconic lines comes from Uncle himself — a chant that he repeats in times of dire need.
For those who don’t speak Cantonese, they may write this off as a nonsensical phrase — after all, it is a kid’s cartoon, right?
As it would turn out, Uncle’s incantation
, “Jiu mo gwai gwaai faai di zau”, or “妖魔鬼怪快哋走”, means “Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!”
Pretty neat, huh? And here you doubted Uncle!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have my childhood to rewatch!