Posted by: Tony Carson | 16 August, 2007

Baby “@”?

In a country that has a one child per family policy, naming your only kid should be special. But @?

Chinese words are composed of some of the tens of thousands of multi-stroke characters. As it turns out ‘@’ means, or can be construed to mean, ‘love him.’  Here’s how that works:

While the “@” symbol 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”, which means “love him” in Mandarin.

The name, however, might not get by the Chinese language police who earlier this year banned names using Arabic numerals, foreign languages and symbols that do not belong to Chinese minority languages.

The story is here: Chinese couple tried to name baby “@”


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