Episode #114

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Re: Episode #114

Postby viennatech » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:23 am

You are all definately onto something with the number 4. I am recently married to a Chinese girl and needed to learn this all firsthand. In Chinese it is considered an unlucky or "bad" number. Mainly because it is a homonym for "death". The opposite would be the number 8 which is more "wealth" or prosperity. Here is an excerpt from a wiki article.


Main article: Tetraphobia
Number 4 (四; accounting 肆; pinyin sì) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese cultures because it is a homonym with the word "death" (死 pinyin sǐ). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the "4": e.g. Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot G's series (after G3 goes G5), etc. In East Asia, some buildings do not have a 4th floor. (Compare with the American practice of some buildings not having a 13th floor because 13 is considered unlucky.) In Hong Kong, some high-rise residential buildings miss ALL floor numbers with "4", e.g. 4, 14, 24, 34 and all 40-49 floors. As a result, a building with 50th as the highest floor may actually have 36.

Number 14 is considered to be one of the unluckiest numbers in Chinese culture. Although 14 is usually said as "shi si," which sounds like "ten die", it can also be said as "yi si" or "yao si", literally "one four". Thus, 14 can also be said as "yao si," literally "one four," but it also means "want to die" (要死 pinyin yào sǐ). In Cantonese, 14 sounds like "sap6 sei3", which sounds like "sat6 sei2" meaning "certainly die" (實死).

Ironically, in the Rich Text Format specification, language code 4 is for the Chinese language.

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Re: Episode #114

Postby jackhodgson » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:23 pm

OK, now you're starting to scare me.


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Re: Episode #114

Postby viennatech » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Hey now Jack, It's not like anyone is going to literally die around here. Just maybe that lost episode may remain permanently lost... ;) Funny thing how words are. I never realized how strongly some cultures believed in numerology until these past couple of years. I had to wait almost 2 years from the accepted proposal to marriage date just to get an auspicious day. We did it though, married OCTOber 18,2008. That would be 8/8/8 which should lay down a good foundation for us. The wedding was aviation themed and was held outdoors at an airfield in Ottawa, Canada. The temperatures were hovering around +5 - +10C all week but on THAT DAY the skies were CAVU with full sun. Three days later the city received almost a foot of snow! hmmm numbers!

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