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 heritage 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 good points.
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See: uncle. auntie (visiting, coming) idiomatic expression. Definition: menstrual period. ’ ” Note: This term tends to be used in oral communication between females only. , coming visiting 6 ▸ ayah ayah /aɪ:ja:/ n. Source language: Portuguese. Definition: a female domestic servant. Text example: A “Many of us brought up in Asia owe a great debt to our nannies. ” See: amah, ya-ya. , n. Source language: Cantonese ( 拜 山 ). Definition: a style of prayer. Text example: 1 “One of the drivers detoured to a mini-shrine.
Coming visiting 6 ▸ ayah ayah /aɪ:ja:/ n. Source language: Portuguese. Definition: a female domestic servant. Text example: A “Many of us brought up in Asia owe a great debt to our nannies. ” See: amah, ya-ya. , n. Source language: Cantonese ( 拜 山 ). Definition: a style of prayer. Text example: 1 “One of the drivers detoured to a mini-shrine. ” bai san (drawing by Adrian Cennydd Petyt) bak choi /bək tʃɔɪ/ n. See: bok choy. 10 ▸ ban mui bamboo snake n. Definition: Trimeresurus albolabris, elsewhere known as “green pit viper,” the most common venomous snake found in HK.
C CBC idiomatic expression. Definition: Canadian-born Chinese. Text example: “i speak cantonese all day ... but i always msn with the CBC (canadian born chinese) they don’t read cantonese, so i have to use english … i think this is the best way for me to learn english …” See: ABC, BBC. celestial n. Definition: a Chinese person (archaic). , Celestial Healthcare, Celestial Pictures Ltd. Celestial Empire/Kingdom fixed expression. Definition: the country of China (archaic). Text example: “Proud and self-contained China shunned outside contacts.