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 good points.
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Ban mui /ba:n mɔɪ/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 賓 妹 ). Definition: a Filipina (derogatory). ” 11 bashi hou ▸ bashi hou B /ba:ʃi: haʊ/ n. Source language: Mandarin ( 八 十 後 ). Definition: Hong Kong people born after 1980, especially with reference to political protests. Text Example: “Bashi hou Generation” (those born after 1980) became the latest local media buzzword this week. ” BBC idiomatic expression. Definition: British-born Chinese. See: ABC. Beida /beɪ da:/ n. Definition: Peking University.
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. ” banana idiomatic expression. Definition: a Westernized Chinese person (derogatory). Text example: “The use of bamboo also has the connotation of being Chinese.
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. ” See: B shares, red chip. astronaut idiomatic expression. Definition: a (male) person working abroad and living apart from his family. ” auntie (also aunty) n. 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.