New Chinese words in 2005 reveal hot topics across the Straits
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The Language Information Sciences Research Centre (LISRC) of City University of Hong Kong has released a selected list of new words collected from Chinese newspapers in
Here are five most popular words which have been found in the language database of all cities:
入常 (entering UN Security Council) – referring to Japan’s hard drive for a seat on the UN Security Council;
福娃 (Fuwa) – the five 2008 Beijing Olympic mascots, representing keen interest in the next Olympic;
歐憲 (EU Constitution) – the EU’s controversial march from an economic to a political body is also noted in the rest of the world;
豬鏈球菌病 (Streptococcus suis) – the pig pathogen that can affect humans and is almost as threatening as avian flu; and
連胡會 (Lien-Hu Meeting) – the historical meeting between Chinese Communist party chief Hu Jintao and KMT party chief Lian Chen in April this year.
Also found are popular new words in Hong Kong media: 策發會 (Commission on Strategic Development), 數獨 (the Sudoku game), 強政勵治 (strong governance), 折扣黨 (concession-offering taxi drivers) and 任三招 (three suggestions made by Joseph Yam).
For further information, please visit http://www.rcl.cityu.edu.hk/celebrity/nw2005.php.