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Competition Time! Find the English word with the most Chinese characters
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Fan Gao
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Oct 26, 2006

Hi,

As a spin-off from a previous thread:
http://www.proz.com/post/443378#443378 myself and Denyce thought it would be a fun topic to try and find the longest Chinese character string that represents just one English word:)

I'm going to open the bidding at 6 characters:

"三醋酸甘油酯" meaning "Triacetin" (the name of a chemical as most long Chinese character strings usually represent:))

It would be nice to find an everyday kind of word we use that is represented by a lot of characters:)

Do I hear 7...8...9...10... characters????

Mark


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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
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Haha, that's fast!!! Oct 26, 2006

Chinese Concept wrote:

"三醋酸甘油酯" meaning "Triacetin" (the name of a chemical as most long Chinese character strings usually represent:))

Mark


6 characters! That's evil! I'll go flip my dictionaries now. I'll be baaaaaack!

Denyce


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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
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Back! Oct 26, 2006

Chromang = 克罗曼格不锈钢



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Inga Jakobi  Identity Verified
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Great topic! Oct 26, 2006

Hey there,

that's really a great topic!!! Seeing your two proposals, I guess, everybody will start searching chemical dictionaries! Unfortunately I don't have one But maybe, I'll give it a try later!

Inga


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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
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Go online! Oct 26, 2006

Pirily wrote:

I guess, everybody will start searching chemical dictionaries! Unfortunately I don't have one
Inga


Inga,

Go online! I got mine online.

Denyce


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wherestip  Identity Verified
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地名算不算? Oct 26, 2006



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Inga Jakobi  Identity Verified
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Great: Oct 26, 2006

Denyce Seow wrote:

Inga,

Go online! I got mine online.

Denyce


That's what I call a fair competition!!!


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Inga Jakobi  Identity Verified
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我觉得地名也行 Oct 26, 2006

如果用英文真只是一个词, 我觉得地名也行. Denyce, Chinese Concept, 你们说吧!

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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
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Place names should be allowed too Oct 26, 2006

Hmm, I think place names should be allowed too. Just be sure that it is ONE English word. What do you think, Mark?

Denyce


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wherestip  Identity Verified
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rules Oct 26, 2006

Denyce Seow wrote:

Hmm, I think place names should be allowed too. Just be sure that it is ONE English word. What do you think, Mark?

Denyce



I was just kidding. I think you need to set some boundaries like when playing Scrabble. Are proper names allowed? etc.

There are a lot of native American place names that are quite a mouthful

http://www.snyderweb.com/placenames/book04.htm



[Edited at 2006-10-26 12:41]


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Fan Gao
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Anything goes as long as it's one English word Oct 26, 2006

Yes, place names are fine, in fact any names as long as they're verifiable and not made up:)

I've been trying to think of really long English words in the hope that they might translate into huge huge Chinese words but sadly not:(

I was hoping the classic Mary Poppins song title "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" would work out at about 15 characters but it doesn't seem to translate very well:)

Mark


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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Oct 26, 2006

Chinese Concept wrote:

Yes, place names are fine, in fact any names as long as they're verifiable and not made up:)

I've been trying to think of really long English words in the hope that they might translate into huge huge Chinese words but sadly not:(

I was hoping the classic Mary Poppins song title "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" would work out at about 15 characters but it doesn't seem to translate very well:)

Mark


Mark, I don't think you can beat that word.


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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Oct 26, 2006

Mark,

Looks like you have another potential forum topic on hand: "Best Translation for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

Geez, what does that word mean, anyway?

Denyce


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Fan Gao
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Not bad.... Oct 26, 2006

Yes, it's not bad for one English word even though it doesn't really mean anything. If I counted correctly it contains 34 letters.

Actually I was reading recently that there is a chemical compound that is about 190 thousand letters long! Try pronouncing that word in one breath:)

So, can anyone beat Denyce's 7 character "word" ??


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