Thursday, 4 January 2018

狗 | gǒu

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: gǒu 🔊) is a noun that means “dog”. The Dog is one of the twelve-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with the earthly branch .

Unfortunately for dog lovers, this word also could be used as an adjective meaning “despicable” or “nasty”. Thus 狗男女 (gǒu nánnǚ) is not a man () and a woman () innocently walking a dog but a “couple in an illicit love affair”.

According to Uncle Hanzi, is a phono-semantic compound of phonetic (gōu) and semantic , which itself is a radical form of , archaic or dialectal word for dog.

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