鳩嗚

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Chinese[edit]

without reason; frivolously; carelessly (onomat. for humming)
trad. (鳩嗚)
simp. (鸠呜)
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鳩嗚 (Cantonese)
gau wu (English)

Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin 購物购物 (gòuwù, “shopping”), from an Internet meme in 2014. During a news report, an anti-Occupy Central protester was asked why she was at the protest. She forgot how to say “shopping” in Cantonese and replied with gòuwù, exposing her identity as a Mainlander.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

鳩嗚 (Hong Kong Cantonese, neologism)

  1. (humorous) to go shopping
  2. to talk nonsense; to shout frivolously