This word stands for “Not Intended As Offensive”.It is used as a disclaimer in typed dialog to convey that the
previously or soon to be mentioned statement is a joke, or is an opinion and not an attack on anyone.Also used for constructive criticism.Typically used in one-time, open-ended communication such as a facebook status.
FB status: “Happy Hit A Heretic Day!” NIAO (joke)
YouTube comment: “This is NIAO, you sound like Justin Bieber when you sing.” (opinion/constructive criticism)
To show off. A term often used in Singapore and Malaysia by Mandarin-speaking individuals, who are more often than not, teenagers or young adults. Most commonly used in a Singlish sentence.
Eh don’t need to niao lah, we all know you did well for the test ok?