By Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf
The Dictionary of Hong Kong English is exclusive. It comprises 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 alterations, Hong Kong phrases now the world over identified, and cultural conceptualizations are extra positive aspects.
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Source language: Cantonese ( 菠 蘿 油 ). Definition: a sweet bun served or stuffed with butter. ” Boundary Street n. Definition: a street that historically marked the boundary between the southern part of Kowloon, taken from China in 1860, and New Kowloon, which remained part of China until it was leased as part of the New Territories in 1898 for 99 years. See: New Kowloon, New Territories. , n. Definition: the lower grade of (counterfeit) products. Text example: see A quality. ” B shares n. Definition: shares traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges which are traded in foreign currencies.
See: big sister. big sister fixed expression. Definition: a female schoolmate from a senior grade or an older alumna. See: big brother. bird’s nest fixed expression. Definition: the edible nest of a variety of swallow; Chinese health food. ” See: swallow nest. black fungus n. Definition: an ear-shaped fungus, Auricularia polytricha, used in HK cooking. ” 13 boat congee ▸ boat congee B n. Definition: a popular Hong Kong variety of congee with a variety of ingredients, often including seafood, pork and tofu.
See: sampan congee, congee. BoHo n. Definition: “below Hollywood Road,” an area of HK Island. Text example: “While most of Hong Kong lives in noise and loves it, there is always a gang of grouchy malcontents who prize a bit of quiet. ” boiled egg idiomatic expression. Definition: a Chinesized Western person (derogatory), with reference to skin color. ” bok choy (also bak choi, pak choi, pak choy) /bək tʃɔɪ/ /pək tʃɔɪ/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 白 菜 ). Definition: a popular kind of cabbage, of the species Brassica rapa var.
A Dictionary of Hong Kong English: Words from the Fragrant Harbor by Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf