Chinese character transcriptions for "nerd"

Language Log 2013-03-15

Summary:

Chinese speakers have phonetically transcribed the word "geek" as jíkè 极客, qíkè 奇客, etc., and these transcriptions are fairly widely used and recognized, even among Mandarin speakers (the initials would be velars in many non-Mandarin topolects, so they would sound [...]

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http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4508

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Tags:

transcription writing systems borrowing dialects

Authors:

Victor Mair

Date tagged:

03/15/2013, 12:21

Date published:

03/10/2013, 10:20