觸 – Chu4 – Ram, Knock, Feel
觸電 – Chu4 Dian4 – Touch Electric — Electric Shock
That’s the message that Google China shows when you search for “sensitive” things, like Tiananmen or Falun Gong. (compare vs Google.com: tiananmen, falun gong) It means something like “Due to local laws and regulations, some search results were not shown.” I was surprised, however, to see that that sentence does not show on a search for Taiwan (台湾)! But then, I compared the actual search results to what Google.com return, and found them quite different. The Google.cn results are all Chinese government sites, but the Google.com results include the “real” Taiwan sites, including some at .gov.tw. Does this mean that Google.cn has two distinct levels of censorship? The kind they admit to, and the kind they do silently?
缺 – Que1 – Lack, Scarce
缺乏 – Que1 Fa2 – Lack Exhaust — Shortage
I just saw an ad from the local furtiture guy on tv talking about how he’s keeping his prices low… despite the FOAM SHORTAGE. I immediately yelled “THERE’S NO FOAM SHORTAGE!! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!!!!!!” Then I went to the internet… guess what… foam shortage! “The recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast caused extensive damage to petrochemical processing facilities which have resulted in a temporary foam shortage that is affecting North America furniture and mattress manufacturers.” Somehow it was such an issue that there is even a website dedicated to the issue: foamallocation.com.
抄 – Chao1 – Transcribe, Plagiarize, Shortcut
抄道 – Chao1 Dao4 – Shortcut Way — Shortcut
包抄 – Bao1 Chao1 – Wrap Shortcut — Outflank
語 – Yu3 – Talk, Words, Language
頭字語 – Tou2 Zi4 Yu3 – Head Letter Words — Acronym
Are you like me? Do you like your movie titles to be acronyms? Then you have a reason to watch SPL. Otherwise, avoid.
(Actually, I can only think of one other movie with an acronym title: 2LDK. Are there others? Even Google doesn’t help!)
陔 – Gai1 – Terrace
I have a feeling that there is a more common word for terrace (as in the agricultural kind) but I don’t know what it is. Prompted by these amazing pictures of terraces and other beautiful things in China. I remember while flying there seeing some absolutely amazing terraces from the air that seemed to go on forever, all the way to the top of mountains, and half way down perilous canyons. I tried waking Jenny up to take a look but she refused!
乳 – Ru3 – Milk, Breast
乳液 – Ru3 Yi4 – Milk Liquid — Lotion
Or 手乳 – Shou3 Ru3 – Hand Milk — Hand Lotion.
凍 – Dong4 – Freeze
Everything froze today. I was lucky to be able to get one door of one car open, by kicking it, a lot. I couldn’t get into the other car at all and I think it will have to be abandoned until spring.
痣 – Zhi4 – Mole, Birthmark
“What’s the word of the day?”
“Because I’m looking at them.”
千 – Qian1 – Thousand
This is the ONE THOUSANDTH Word of the Day! I can hardly believe I’ve been doing this that long.
議 – Yi4 – Discuss, Opinion
會議 – Hui4 Yi4 – Gather Discuss — Meeting
What kind of person calls a meeting, at 9 AM, on a SATURDAY? A slightly better person than the kind that actually would SHOW UP.
狀 – Zhuang4 – State, Condition
粉狀的 – Fen3 Zhuang4 De5 – Powder Condition – Mealy
I had a terrible mealy apple today. 三喵, being crazy, would have loved it. Mealy apples are her favorite! Give her some nice, fresh, super crunchy super juicy apples right off a tree, and you know what she’ll say? “Nice… but not mealy enough”.
粥 – Zhou1 – Congee, Gruel
I had some nice gruel for dinner tonight. 燕麥粥 – Yan4 Mai4 Zhou1 – Oat Gruel — Oatmeal, to be exact.
裂 – Lie4 – Split, Crack
分裂 – Fen1 Lie4 – Divide Split — Fission
聚變 – Ju4 Bian4 – Gather Change — Fusion