Anyone who is closer acquainted with Chinese culture and begins to communicate with the Chinese, notes how all areas of Chinese life permeated with digital symbols. Whether it is the principles of philosophy, medicine, music or architecture, dreams of ordinary Chinese get own phone number to eight, the taboo against a 4 or a morbid desire to choose a good combination of numbers in the contract.
"The numerical superstitions"
If we like superstition rather an occasion for jokes, in China to numerology are taken seriously and thoughtfully.
"Luck" in the number of Chinese people's consciousness is determined by its consonance with any word. For example, the number 4 sounds similar to the word "die" (without tone), which gave rise to the Far East superstition, similar to our fear of the number 13. For example, in many hotels, and hospitals you can not find a room with the number 4, and sometimes even 4 th floor.
Palm among the "lucky" numbers in China holds the number 8 - a symbol of wealth and prosperity. The fact that the pronunciation of the number 8 like the pronunciation of the word , which, together with the word "wealth" means "get rich." This superstition is so popular that they are not neglected even at the official level. Suffice it to recall that the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was set for 08.08.08, 8:00 PM 8 minutes and 8 seconds.
More "favorable" number - 6 6 Cantonese sounds like what it means to "salary, good wishes of career growth." 9 is also a homophone word "long, eternal", and therefore is considered a good symbol that you can successfully beat at the wedding and in business negotiations. However, with the numbers 7 and 9 need to be especially careful, otherwise it may come out unpleasant story. The fact is that in Hong Kong, they sound like a rude expletive 🙂
By the way, in different Chinese dialects digits pronounced differently. Therefore, the digital symbols as superstition, may differ from one region to another in China.
As the Chinese "encrypted"
Logo bar in Wuhan City, built on a play on words and numbers. The word "bar" and the word 98 ( ) are pronounced the same - both jiǔbā
Indeed, the Chinese imagination in dealing with the numbers knows no bounds! The game of homophones became as popular among young people, which gave rise to an incredible amount of digital abbreviations, built by analogy with English B2B and 4U. But the Chinese have gone further: they manage to encrypt numbers whole sentences!
How? And here is how. The sound of some Chinese words really matches the pronunciation of numbers. But enough of the language game and partial homonyms - matches only a few of the initial sounds of words encrypted with the sound of his replacement figures. At first glance it seems that the rules are too diffuse and as a result, no one would guess what was going on. But in reality, the meaning of the whole expression can be understood in context.
Some very popular cuts have already established themselves in the language, or at least in the youth and internet slang. Here are the most popular correspondence between the number and the word:
0 ( líng) - a common abbreviation for nín (respectful "you"). Although it may sound as if only a nasal or a bad cold 🙂
1 (- yī) - is used in the literal sense as "one" or "all, whole" But in addition, when reading unit numbers read like yāo, that sounds like the word "should you need to want» (yào).
2 ( èr) - a word in Cantonese is similar in sound - "easily".
3 ( sān) - Cantonese dialect similar-sounding word for it - "to be born, to appear", is also used as an abbreviation for any word in s.
4 ( sì) - homophone of the word "die."
5 ( wǔ) - homophone of the word "I" (Wv), "have" (Wv) and the word "no" in the prohibition (wù).
6 ( liù) - sounds similar to the word - "flow", as well as in certain dialects homophone is a word "fall", "road" or "salary". Reduction of any word that begins to sound l.
7 ( qī) - replaces the words beginning with q. For example, "climb» (qǐ) or "anger (Xia)» (qì).
8 ( bā) - homophone words "rich", as well as reducing any word starting with the sound b, e.g., negation .
9 ( jiǔ) - similar in sound to the word "long" . It can be used as an abbreviation of any words on j.
Now, armed with this knowledge, you can try yourself to decipher the following popular numerical acronyms:
a) good wishes 168
b) the curse of 5104
in) sparring two lovers sms: 07,456 and the answer is 8137