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Re: OT: Junk

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 9, 2003, 13:37
On Tue, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:34:41AM +0200, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> I was recently told that "junk" is the general Chinese term for "ship".
That's a new one.
> I thought this would be the best forum I've got access to to learn i) if > that's true, ii) if so, do the Chinese have a special term for the > ship-types we westerners call "junks" and iii) from what kind of Chinese > is the word "junk" derived - it does not look much Mandarinesque.
[snip] I've no idea if it's true. The common word for ship or boat is /chuan2/. An archaic term is /chou1/, but I've only ever seen it used to translate "ark". Neither looks particularly similar to "junk". Somebody with a better Mandarin education should speak up. :-P T -- "How are you doing?" "Doing what?"


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