Verb. From Kapampangan.
“To smoke a cigarette, but having the lit end in the mouth”
Some may see this as a party trick, or as a mistake. In fact, in the Philippines (where Kapampangan is spoken, if you were wondering) this is a technique that is used as a means of smoking, and is similarly used in Korea and parts of India.
In the Philippines specifically, bakwe is performed during the rainy season, as it provides a warming sensation in the mouth and, presumably, stops the cigarette from being drowned out. While this makes sense (or as much as it can to a non-smoker such as myself!) what I can’t quite grasp is why it is performed mainly by middle-aged women… from a western cultural PoV, it seems like an unusual section of society to perform this.
Then again, this is a western culture currently under the spell of goats that sound like people, so I’m not really carrying much weight with that argument.