A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant by Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf

By Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf

The Dictionary of Hong Kong English is exclusive. It contains phrases and usages particular to English in Hong Kong and reflective of the city's historical past and tradition. Acronyms and abbreviations universal in Hong Kong, position identify alterations, Hong Kong phrases now across the world identified, and cultural conceptualizations are extra gains.

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See: catty. Canto /ˈkæntəʊ/ prefix. Definition: a prefix that indicates a Cantonese variety of something. See: Canto-pop. , n. Definition: 1 relating to the Cantonese people, language or culture; 2 the primary language and ethnic group in Hong Kong. ” C Canto-pop n. Definition: Cantonese pop songs. ” caput school /ˈkæpət sku:l/ n. Source languages: Latin, English. Definition: a school that receives a government grant per student. Text example: “Nevertheless, the enthusiasm and dedication of teachers deeply impressed parents and the Education Department.

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. Text example: “The real distinction between an ‘A’ share and a red chip is very blurred.

Char siu, also char siew, cha siu, char su (and char siu bau, char su bau, cha siu bau, char siew bau) 26 ▸ chau /tʃa: sju:/ /tʃa: sju: baʊ/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 叉 燒 ⁄ٟ ). Definition: roast pork, in a Hong Kong style (also roast pork bun). Text example: 1 “Chinese barbecued pork (Char Siu) is Cantonese-style C barbecued pork ... ” 2 “Cha Siu Bao—roast pork buns ... ” char siu bau (photo by P. J. Cummings) chau /tʃaʊ/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 洲 ). Definition: an island. Text example: “Ap Lei Chau,” “Cheung Chau,” “Peng Chau,” etc.

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