By Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf
The Dictionary of Hong Kong English is exclusive. It comprises phrases and usages particular to English in Hong Kong and reflective of the city's heritage and tradition. Acronyms and abbreviations universal in Hong Kong, position identify alterations, Hong Kong phrases now across the world recognized, and cultural conceptualizations are extra positive aspects.
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Alphabets n. Definition: letters of the alphabet. ” amah /ˈa:ma:/ n. Source variety: Indian English. Definition: a female domestic servant. ” See: ayah, ya-ya. Note: Also used in compounds, such as cook amah, wash amah, general amah, baby amah, coolie amah, etc. ancient egg n. See: century egg. , n. Definition: the higher grade of (counterfeit) products. Text example: A “Take for example the building of a prison. ’” quality, See: B quality. A share fixed expression. Definition: corporate shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges that are traded in Renminbi for purchase by PRC citizens only.
Definition: 1 a friendly form of address for female persons above one’s age; 2 a female friend of a person’s parents who is not a biological relation. ” Underlying conceptualizations: A MEMBER OF SOCIETY IS A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, A FRIEND OF THE PARENTS IS A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY [TARGET DOMAINS ∆ MEMBER OF SOCIETY, PARENTAL FRIEND] [SOURCE DOMAIN ∆ FAMILY]. See: uncle. auntie (visiting, coming) idiomatic expression. Definition: menstrual period. ’ ” Note: This term tends to be used in oral communication between females only.
Definition: toilet. Text example: “... ” Note: Usually spoken language. chek /tʃek/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 尺 ). 371475 meters. ” Chek Lap Kok (Airport) /tʃek lap kɔk/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 赤 㱻角 ). Definition: an island and the new airport to the west of Victoria Harbour. Two islands were merged by reclamation to create land for the airport. cheong fun /tʃʌŋ fʌn/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 腸 粉 ). Definition: a type of dim sum based on a flat, rice noodle roll. ” 28 ▸ cheongsam C cheong fun (photo by P.