Thursday, 30 September 2010

0613 HKSAR Name of the Day

Sherwin Hui, student, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

0612 HKSAR Name of the Day

Quince Chong, director, corporate affairs, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Deletion

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

0611 HKSAR Name of the Day

Vicken Chiu Wai-kan, 23-year-old man convicted of one count of murder (Dec 2009)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation

Monday, 27 September 2010

0610 HKSAR Name of the Day

Karven Wong, Man Wan, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 23 Nov 2009)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Sunday, 26 September 2010

0609 HKSAR Name of the Day

Eman Kwong, media co-ordinator for the 2009 East Asian Games, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare

0609 HKSAR Name of the Day

Eman Kwong, media co-ordinator for the 2009 East Asian Games, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare

Saturday, 25 September 2010

0608 HKSAR Name of the Day

Pius Yum Kwok-tung, Kowloon City district councilor, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare

Friday, 24 September 2010

Hong Kong and World Car Free Day

The news (and Private Beach) reported how HKSAR Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen took part in the global car-free campaign on Wednesday 22 September by shunning his chauffeur-driven limousine - and walking to work.

So instead of taking his usual chauffeur-driven limousine, good old Donald decided to take his chauffeur-driven umbrella to work.

[Donald Tsang and his chauffeur-driven brolly. Photo courtesy Edward Wong, SCMP]

Furthermore, it appears his brolly is attached with all the latest mod-cons such as a standard-issue police pistol, satellite mobile phone, cigarette lighter plus a very handy suit jacket stand.

What more can our privileged chief executive want? Apart from his limousine, that is.

0607 HKSAR Name of the Day

Alvina Chan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 9 Nov 2009)

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Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 23 September 2010

0606 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ceci Wong Lok-sze, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 6 Nov 2009)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Searching for a Silver Lining in the Manila Massacre

The partial release of the long-awaited official report from the Philippines government investigating the ‘tragicomedic’ event on 23 August has probably added more fuel to the fire.

A total of 23 pages of “conclusions on accountability” were omitted from the 84-page report, which has taken a month to complete. Here are the headlines of some local news articles:

Eight deadly blunders

How death came to eight on bus

Philippine hostage report lists tragic chain of errors

Left to die as top officials fumbled


Survivor outraged at omissions in report

Lack of co-ordination between media, police and authorities highlighted


Is there a silver lining to all this? There doesn’t appear to be, although it is somewhat surprising that no Chinese media or even individuals have mentioned the really super “lucky” numbers that are associated with the Manila hostage crisis.

Remember, Chinese protestors will not fail to use slogans such as “six-four” (6/4) to represent the June 4th Tiananamen incident massacre or “four-four” (4/4) for the April 4th movement. Anything that enhances Chinese traditions and superstitions will be unashamedly exploited. Fung Shui masters are especially adept at doing this, and the media must also take responsibility for propagating such silly beliefs and superstitions.

But for the Manila ‘tragicomedy’ no one, it seems, has noticed or at least publicly acknowledged the super “lucky” association with “eight-two-three” (8/23) along with the “eight deadly blunders”, not to mention the number of fatalities?

As morose as this post may seem, this is just an illustration of the cherry picking that is involved whenever people use superstition and traditional beliefs to support their cause … as opposed to rationality. We can’t have it both ways: if people choose to use numbers to confirm their biases, then there should be no complaints if conflicting evidence also appears.

This blog makes no apologies when it states that the Manila hostage crisis happened on an extremely auspicious-sounding date, 23 August (8/23), and eight Hong Kong Chinese people were killed. Oh, and the official Philippine investigation report is 84 pages long.

Is there a silver lining to all this?

0605 HKSAR Name of the Day

Nelvin Lee Chun-yu, Hongkong Post stamp design manager, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation; Insertion; Substitution

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Chelseas and the Man Uniteds

[Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson on MOTD]

Here’s another example of football pluralism creeping into the vernacular. On BBC’s Match of the Day last weekend, host Gary Lineker and pundit Mark Lawrenson are discussing Arsenal, following their 1—1 draw at Sunderland in the English Premiership.

Lawro: Have they [Arsenal] still got a soft centre? Can they win the league?
[Shugs and indicates that he’s not sure that Arsenal can win the league]

Lineker:
I suppose the real test will be where they fell down last year, against the big teams. Against the Chelseas and the Man Uniteds they just got pulverized didn’t they?


Lawro:
Well yeah and if you remember Chelsea played their football almost as well as Arsenal and they were so much more physically strong that they absolutely dominated them.


Let’s see how many other unsuspecting people within the football fraternity (like Gary Lineker) start to use pluralism.

0604 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ica Mak, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong (SCMP letters, 16 Oct 2009)

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Name Category: Creation

Monday, 20 September 2010

0603 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wins Hung Chi-yin, pastry chef, Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong
see 0066 HKSAR Name of the Day

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Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 19 September 2010

0602 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ping Wu Ka-ping, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 1 Dec 2009)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Saturday, 18 September 2010

0601 HKSAR Name of the Day

Jiminey Li Man-kit, exotic pet enthusiast and seller (hkbeetle.com), Hong Kong
[quoted in SCMP on 24 Nov 2009: “the aptly named 24-year-old runs several shops specialising in pet insects, mainly beetles rather than crickets”.]

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Literature-based?

Friday, 17 September 2010

0600 HKSAR Name of the Day

Andy Loo On-dick, Form Four Hong Kong student at St Paul's Co- educational College and silver medalist at the 41st International Physics Olympiad in Croatia (2010)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Common but somewhat humourous Chinese form


JOKE NAME Toilet Humour [Centurion: Well, it’s a joke name sir]
Reference Monty Python's Life of Brian

Biggus Dickus




Pontius Pilate: So, yaw fatha was a Woman? Who was he?
Brian: He was a Centurion, in the Jerusalem Garrisons.
Pontius Pilate: Weally? What was his name?
Brian: 'Naughtius Maximus'.
[the Centurion laughs]
Pontius Pilate: Centuwion, do we have anyone of that name in the gawwison?
Centurion: Well, no, sir.
Pontius Pilate: Well, you sound vewy sure. Have you checked?
Centurion: Well, no, sir. Umm, I think it's a joke, sir... like, uh, 'Sillius Soddus' or... 'Biggus Dickus', sir.
Pontius Pilate: [guard chuckles] What's so funny about "Biggus Dickus? "
Centurion: Well, it's a joke name, sir.
Pontius Pilate: I have a vewy gweat fwiend in Wome called 'Biggus Dickus'.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

0599 HKSAR Name of the Day

Zaidee Leung Sin-yan, social sciences student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

0598 HKSAR Name of the Day

Paulo Pong Kin-yee, Central, Hong Kong (SCMP letters to the editor, May 27, 2009)

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare for Males; Creation for Females

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

0597 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kobi Chan, reporter, SCMP, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation for female; Substitution [if female]; Rare for male

Monday, 13 September 2010

Appropriate European Climber Names

This blog loves peculiar names and a couple of European labels caught the eye in a news story about cheating amongst mountaineers. Or was this a case of altitude sickness causing amnesia?

The names are: Austrian "skyrunner" Christian Stangl and Romanian climber Zsolt Torok.

The latter (i.e. the whistle-blower) sounds like a Romulan Praetorian from Star Trek and the former (i.e. the cheat) sounds more like a “dangler” rather than a skywalker or skyrunner.


K2 'conqueror' never even left base camp
Agence France-Presse in Vienna

Sep 11, 2010


Austrian "skyrunner" Christian Stangl, who was bidding to become the first man to conquer the two highest summits on each continent, did not in fact reach the summit of K2 in August as claimed, Austrian media reported.


Stangl, 44, never even left the base camp, let alone climb the world's second highest peak, the daily Oesterreich reported, citing Romanian climber Zsolt Torok, who was on K2 at the same time.


"The guy did not even leave base camp but just went away, camped for two days, read a book ... and then came back at 6am. He told us then that he'd reached the summit," the Austrian daily quoted Torok as saying.


On Tuesday, Stangl admitted that he had never reached the summit of K2 on August 12, as claimed.


"I was in a trance-like state and thought I had reached the summit," he confessed at a press conference.


A photo he claimed to have taken at the top of K2 was actually taken at 7,500 metres (24,600 feet) altitude, some 1,000 metres below the summit, Stangl also said.


But even that was false, according to Torok, who ascended K2 on August 13 and said he saw no traces of Stangl's climb. "It was clear that nobody could have climbed there before me," he was quoted as saying in Oesterreich.


Stangl said Tuesday that fear of failure had altered his perception and it was only after the fatigue had let up on his return to Austria that he "became more and more aware" that he had not reached the K2 summit.


The Austrian was seeking to climb the two highest peaks on each continent - Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Antarctica and Oceania. After his alleged K2 conquest, the only remaining summit on his list was the 4,852-metre Mount Tyree in Antarctica.

0596 HKSAR Name of the Day

Serinah Ho, reporter, Hong Kong Standard, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A Face Like A Fish

Nick Pulford has a great weekly sports column called You Bet in the SCMP. However, his mugshot has a rather off-putting veneer and puts a damp squib on proceedings. Perhaps it best to remove the mugshot, so that readers can focus on the column’s content which is usually an interesting read?

[Squidward and Pulford]

He was looking so like a halibut … I might have supposed myself to be gazing on something a.w.o.l. from a fishmonger’s slab.

Q: Anyone know where that famous line comes from?
Hint: Augustus


Other look-alike or doppelganger or perceptions posts:

The Pot Calling the Kettle Ugly

The Pot Calling the Kettle Cute

Stand Out Face

Avatar Doppelganger Caricature


HK Doppelganger 2

HK Doppelganger 1

Disclaimer: As mentioned in About HK Doppelgangers, no offence is intended, and any resemblances are entirely due to one’s own perceptions shaped by experience and exposure to life’s wonderful social diversity.

0595 HKSAR Name of the Day

Bowie Kung Yin-sum (Miss), student, Island School (11 GCSEs with A* grades in 2009), Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Football in Middle-East Countries

9/11 today, so this is a rush job on a post with an nth degree of Kevin Bacon and Muhammad.

Somehow, I don’t think sales of football shirts do a roaring trade in countries like Qatar, Oman or Iran. Unless of course the women, who are prevented from attending live matches, are huge supporters and wear soccer shirts under their burqas.

Can you tell which team this set of fans support?

Away home away fans, I think. Photo from a recent match between Qatar and Oman.


Even one in eight Macedonians (according to a convenient poll) wear football shirts to matches!

0594 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wister Chan (Mr), teacher, Beacon College, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Friday, 10 September 2010

Thursday, 9 September 2010

0592 HKSAR Name of the Day

Inneo Lam Hau-wah, former regional director, Fortis Insurance Co (Asia), Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

0591 HKSAR Name of the Day

Moses Mui Wai-keung, social worker, Council of Social Service, Hong Kong

see 0112 HKSAR Name of the Day and 0489 HKSAR Name of the Day

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Name Category: Self-important

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

0590 HKSAR Name of the Day

Dino Lam Chun-kit, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 27 Aug 2009)

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Name Category: Rare

Monday, 6 September 2010

0589 HKSAR Name of the Day

Tanna Chong, reporter, SCMP, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Sunday, 5 September 2010

0588 HKSAR Name of the Day

Edelweiss Cheung Shu-nga, Miss Hong Kong 2008 beauty queen (accused of not fulfilling her duties as Miss Hong Kong), Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Nature-based

Saturday, 4 September 2010

0587 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kennex Cheung (Ms), executive officer, Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

see 0425 HKSAR Name of the Day

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Brand-based?; somewhat common in Hong Kong

Friday, 3 September 2010

0586 HKSAR Name of the Day

Icarus Lam (Miss), Chemistry Department, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation for Females; Literature-based

Thursday, 2 September 2010

0585 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kinny Lau (Ms), executive officer, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Creation; Substitution

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

0584 HKSAR Name of the Day

Nickkita Lau, reporter, Hong Kong Standard, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation; Insertion