Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Bouncing Baby @ !

According to news reports, a Chinese couple is trying to name their new baby boy "@." It had to happen, right? Reuters says:

"The whole world uses it to write e-mail, and translated into Chinese it means 'love him'," the father explained, according to the deputy chief of the State Language Commission Li Yuming.

While the "@" simple is familiar to Chinese e-mail users, they often use the English word "at" to sound it out -- which with a drawn out "T" sounds something like "ai ta", or "love him", to Mandarin speakers.

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