Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

What number is considered "lucky" to the most Chinese?
The character is pronounced "ba".

1 comment:

  1. Seven - Qi
    This sounds like the words for 'wife' or 'angry' and is therefore probably not all that lucky for most Chinese - especially the male population!

    Four - Si
    This is a homonym for 'dead'. Most Chinese will go to great lengths to avoid the number four in their phone number or car number plate. Many tall buildings don't even have a 4th or 14th floor!

    Three - San
    'Class dismissed' or 'umbrella'. Neither of these homonyms is really terrible but not exactly lucky either.

    Eight - Ba
    That's it! It's really from the southern Chinese dialects (Cantonese and Fujianese) and it's because in Chinese the word for 8 "ba" is a homonym for "prosperity". A Chinese man in New York recently paid a record amount for a phone number with six 'eights'. And the Beijing Olympics will be in 2008!