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(610 WIOD)   After receiving 7,000 name suggestions for baby panda, zoo reaches into scrabble bag and pulls out 8 random letters, calls it a day   (610wiod.com) divider line 26
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2012-11-15 10:41:29 AM  
Gesundheit.
 
2012-11-15 10:43:18 AM  
derbyimages.woot.com
 
2012-11-15 10:45:03 AM  
Xiao Liwu (Little Gift) is actually a Da Yiwu (Large Obligation), since China typically retains ownership of any panda cubs and you have to pay a yearly "donation".
 
2012-11-15 10:45:12 AM  
"Genetic Mistake" is a better name.

fark that stupid species. Let it die out and stop playing God.
 
2012-11-15 10:47:09 AM  
Call that dog, "Shiathead!"
 
2012-11-15 10:47:18 AM  
Xiao Liwu, which means Little Gift,

I suggested "horshack", which means "the cattle are dying".
 
2012-11-15 10:48:29 AM  
Why didn't they just call it 'Spoon Falling Down The Stairs'?

And while we're at it, we can go back to complaining about L-a and Lemoncello.

/yes, I know what I said, Lemoncello tastes awful
 
2012-11-15 10:48:43 AM  
Da Hai, which means Big Ocean or Big Sea

I won't fark with Da Hai.
 
2012-11-15 10:55:58 AM  
That's some language you got there! And you talk like that twenty-four seven, huh?
 
2012-11-15 10:57:06 AM  
They claim Xiao Liwu means little gift, but it's really 小 厉恶.
 
2012-11-15 10:59:54 AM  
Mei Sheng means either born in the USA OR beautiful life??
 
2012-11-15 11:03:11 AM  

damaje: Mei Sheng means either born in the USA OR beautiful life??


They call America "Beautiful Country" mei guo, but it's often shortened to "beautiful."
 
2012-11-15 11:06:54 AM  
i thought every name in chinese was "spoon fell on floor"
 
2012-11-15 11:10:30 AM  

damaje


Mei Sheng means either born in the USA OR beautiful life??


Short answer: yes. It depends on how the phrases are abbreviated and the context in which they're used.

Long answer: yes. Mei3* in this case means 'beautiful'. Mei3 Guo2 means 'beautiful country', which is the Mandarin name for the US. 'Sheng1' can mean 'birth' or 'born', and it is also the first of two syllables in the word for 'life'.

If Mei3 is part of the abbreviation for 'the US' and is coupled with 'sheng1', you can get 'born in the US'. [1]

If Mei3 just means beautiful and is coupled with 'sheng1' (abbreviation for 'life'), you can get 'beautiful life'. [1]



* 3 = 3rd tone. Similarly, 1 and 2 are first and second tones.


[1] Someone please alert Bruce Springsteen and Ace of base, respectively.
 
2012-11-15 11:18:33 AM  
Too late to submit Grass-Mud Horse?

/would settle for Wax Tadpole
 
2012-11-15 11:21:32 AM  
How bout ten minute?
 
2012-11-15 11:23:18 AM  
Scrabble bag? Random letters? This ignorant headline is kind of upsetting.
 
2012-11-15 11:31:58 AM  

00batou: Scrabble bag? Random letters? This ignorant headline is kind of upsetting.


I know. It's two words, proper names aren't allowed, and it's only worth 17 points.

Honestly, though, a language thousands of years old has had plenty of time to invent some new syllables instead of over-working a few by farking around with tones.
 
2012-11-15 11:33:19 AM  
W-H-A-T-D-O-Y-O-U-G-E-T-I-F-Y-O-U-M-U-L-T-I-P-L-Y-S-I-X-B-Y-N-I-N-E
 
2012-11-15 11:34:35 AM  

chachi88: Call that dog, "Shiathead!"


Chachi88, I'd love you if you were the color of a baboon's ass.
 
2012-11-15 11:37:55 AM  

TeDDD: Why didn't they just call it 'Spoon Falling Down The Stairs'?

And while we're at it, we can go back to complaining about L-a and Lemoncello.

/yes, I know what I said, Lemoncello tastes awful


etc.usf.edu
 
2012-11-15 11:58:22 AM  
Somehow a local rag in Florida gets picked for a news story in San Diego

At least the Daily Fail is exclusive with their non-news
 
2012-11-15 12:42:35 PM  
I always thought there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.
 
2012-11-15 01:15:34 PM  

blatz514: chachi88: Call that dog, "Shiathead!"

Chachi88, I'd love you if you were the color of a baboon's ass.


Y'mean, chachi88 is gonna stay that color? Forever?
 
2012-11-15 03:02:16 PM  

TheCharmerUnderMe: W-H-A-T-D-O-Y-O-U-G-E-T-I-F-Y-O-U-M-U-L-T-I-P-L-Y-S-I-X-B-Y-N-I-N-E


Came here for this.
 
2012-11-15 03:54:56 PM  

TheCharmerUnderMe: W-H-A-T-D-O-Y-O-U-G-E-T-I-F-Y-O-U-M-U-L-T-I-P-L-Y-S-I-X-B-Y-N-I-N-E


www.american-buddha.com
 
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