The English Language

Borrowed Words From
Cantonese

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Cantonese Language Notes

Cantonese is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Southern China, Hong Kong, UK and USA.

Many of these words are typically Chinese terms to the ears of English speakers even though Cantonese is not the dominant language of China. This is because many Cantonese speakers have migrated to the UK and USA.

Most of the terms are food related.


WordMeaningNotes
chopsuey mixed bits A Chinese dish invented in San Fransisco (USA).
cumquat   A fruit.
dim sum little heart A collection of Chinese dishes.
gung ho   Trigger happy.
joss luck As in 'joss stick'.
lychee   A fruit.
tong meeting place Chinese secret society.
wok   Chinese cooking implement.
won ton   Chinese fish based soup.
yen   Yearning.

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