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 background and tradition. Acronyms and abbreviations universal in Hong Kong, position identify adjustments, Hong Kong phrases now the world over identified, and cultural conceptualizations are extra positive aspects.
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Extra info for A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbor
Candareen /kəndəˈrin/ n. Source language: Malay. Definition: 1/1600 catty or 1 fan. Text example: “Eleven men smoking one candareen of opium; not a particle of craving. ” 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.
Note: Caput is derived from the Latin “per caput,” the singular of per capita. carabao /kærəˈbaʊ/ n. Source language: Malay. Definition: water buffalo, Bubalus bubalis carabanesis. ” 22 ▸ catty Castle Peak n. Definition: a 583-m rocky hill next to the town of Tuen Mun. A coal-burning power station is located nearby and the area was used as a firing range by the British military. C category I, IIA, IIB, III n. Definition: a rating system for film censorship. ” catty /kæti:/ n. Source language: Malay.
Cheongsam (drawing by Adrian Cennydd Petyt) 29 Cheung Chau Bun Festival ▸ Cheung Chau Bun Festival C /tʃʌŋ tʃaʊ bʌn festivəl/ n. Source languages: Cantonese ( ٟ 山 節 ), English. Also known as Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival ( 長 洲 太 平 清 醮 ). Definition: a non-statutory holiday recently fixed to be held in Cheung Chau in the fourth month (8th day), to thank the God Pak Tai, among other activities. The buns are intended to appease the hungry ghosts of pirate victims that are said to roam the island in search of food.
A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbor by Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf