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jumpingjacktrash arrghigiveup cimness China's netizens are all in a twitter over the account of a carpenter who was commissioned to make a cinnabar red high-backed chair with the finials at the top to be in the shape of dragons' heads chéng lóngtóu Unfortunately he misinterpreted the directions to mean lin the shape ofl Jackie Chan's head Chénglóng tóu via Language Log Reanalysis Jackie Chan edition LMAO ok so to elaborate on this absolute gem notice how the characters provided for in the shape of dragons' heads and lin the shape of Jackie Chan's head are identical? That wasn't a typo The thing you need to understand about Chinese names is that they all have meaning And I don't mean that in the sense of if you trace the etymology back through two languages it has its roots in a Hebrew phrase that means God is my that many Western names have I mean that in the sense of almost all of these words are still in regular use today and my parents very literally named me pretty and wise in Chinese Sidenote This is why we get annoyed at made up 'Chinese' names that just pull two random vaguely Chinese-sounding syllables together It is blindingly obvious when it's not a real name chéng means to become to turn into L lóng is dragon Thus Jackie Chan's Chinese stage name Chénglóng literally means become dragon tóu of course means head Further sidenote This is actually a bit of a punreference Specifically it is a reference to Bruce Lee whose stage name was Xiãolóng or Little dragon So Jackie's chosen stage name means both become dragon and become like Bruce Lee The other thing you need to know about Chinese is that we don't put spaces between terms in written text What all this means is that the way you'd write Icarvel into dragon heads can be identical to the way you'd write Icarvel Jackie Chan's head and literally the only difference would be where you pause when you vocalise it before lóngtóu or after chénglóng XD i think the chair turned out great 25 Funny Tumblr Posts to Make You Laughing Today Meme
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