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A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang: The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life
     

A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang: The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life

by Christopher Hutton, Kingsley Bolton
 
A "loose string monkey" is a very naughty child. A "white-haired guy" is a traffic police officer. To speak Cantonese is to "speak Jade." Hidden behind the subtitles of Hong Kong movies but spoken openly in its streets are thousands of words and phrases, a respectable portion of which are obscene. The authors list hundreds of them (obscene and not) alphabetically in

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A "loose string monkey" is a very naughty child. A "white-haired guy" is a traffic police officer. To speak Cantonese is to "speak Jade." Hidden behind the subtitles of Hong Kong movies but spoken openly in its streets are thousands of words and phrases, a respectable portion of which are obscene. The authors list hundreds of them (obscene and not) alphabetically in transcribed Cantonese to English, give the original Cantonese characters, a concise definition including a literal translation when necessary, and usage information. They also provide a very helpful preface that explains some of the conventions behind the slang, along with precautions about intonation and contexts, a transcription comparison list (Yale and IPA). The result is a wealth of information about Hong Kong's everyday and underworld cultures. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824815950
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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