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Sunday

hai4 ke4

hacker



hai4 - to terrify; frighten; startle; amaze
ke4 - guest; stranger; alien; foreigner

You've got to admit that this neologism in Chinese makes an interesting word. The choice of characters hai4ke4 makes a phonetic equivalent for the word "hacker" and the characters themselves are somewhat descriptive of a "hacker" as a "terrifying guest" who sometimes intrudes where he/she does not belong in cyberspace. (Not the only definition of hacker - see links at the right.)

December 21, 1997


Telecode's Hackers Catalog "The Hacker's Complete Resource Center"

Hacker definition at What?Is check here for more benign definitions of "hacker".
Saturday

jie2 wen1 qi4

thermostat (auto)



jie2 - regulate; control (in this word)
wen1 - temperature
qi4 - device; implement

This is one of those parts on a car that you never think about until suddenly the temperature gauge starts to show that your car is starting to overheat and you're out in the middle of nowhere.

December 20, 1997


Auto101
Understanding Your Car

Friday

qiu2 yu2

armadillo



qiu2yu2 - armadillo

These two characters probably appear only in this word.

December 19, 1997




Armadillo Links

Thursday

bao3 ling2 qiu2 chang3

bowling alley



bao3ling2 - used for the phonetic equivalent of "bowling" (literally these characters would mean something like "preserve age" which is something to think about!!)
qiu2 - ball
chang3 - a place (where something is happening)

When I was a teenager (a long time ago), I used to hang out at the bowling alley in Rio Grande, NJ. Later on they turned it into a social services building (preserve age????)
That reminds me, does anyone know how to say "pinball machine" in Chinese. I'm still looking for that one.

December 18, 1997




Complete Bowling Links

Wednesday

xian1 nu3 zuo4 da4 yin2 he2

Andromeda galaxy


這是離我們最近的另一個銀河:
仙女座M31,距離地球約230萬光年。

xian1 - immortal; celestial being
nu3 - woman
zuo4 - constellation (in this case)
da4 - large; great
yin2he2 - (literally silver river) galaxy

December 17, 1997


銀河系

Check it out in Chinese!!!
Tuesday

kuo4 yu2

slug

kuo4 - used in the word for slug
yu2 - used in the word for slug

Yes, this is your garden-variety slug, the snail without a shell that leaves shiny, sticky tracks as it meanders about looking for food.

File these characters under the heading: Not Encountered Very Often!

December 16, 1997


The Official Pacific Northwest Slug Page
Slug Photos
Slug Jokes
Slug Gifts
Slug Cartoons
and more!!! Check it out.
Monday

bao2 ye4 zhi3

tissue paper

bao2 - thin
ye4 - page; leaf
zhi3 - paper

December 15, 1997







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