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Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Shi Shi Ping An
Chinese: 事事平安
Name Of Image: May you live in harmony
Description:

Pun Design: Persimmons + Apples + Quails Punning Details: The Chinese character ‘shi 柿’ in ‘shi zi 柿子’ for ‘persimmon’ can pun on ‘shi 事’ for ‘things’. The repetition of ‘shi’ as ‘shi shi 事事’ means ‘everything’. The word ‘ping […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang An
Chinese: 双安
Name Of Image: May you both live a peaceful life
Description:

Pun Design: Two + Quails Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The Chinese word for ‘double’ is ‘shuang 双’. When there is a gathering of two […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang Xiong Dou Zhi
Chinese: 双雄斗智
Name Of Image: Two heroes fighting with their intelligence
Description:

‘Shuang 双’ is the Chinese word for ‘two’. ‘Xiong 雄’ in ‘Xiong ji 雄鸡’ in the Chinese name for ‘rooster’ makes a pun on ‘xiong 雄’ for ‘hero’. Thus, the image of two roosters in confrontation is meant to represent […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Sui Sui Ping An
Chinese: 岁岁平安
Name Of Image: May you enjoy a peaceful life year after year
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + seedheads of foxtail millet Punning Details: The word ‘sui 穗’ for ‘millet seedhead’ is a pun on ‘sui 岁’ for ‘year’; the repetition of ‘sui’ means ‘year in year out’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Wei Lie San Gong
Chinese: 位列三公
Name Of Image: May you rank among the three top civil servants
Description:

‘San gong 三公’ are the ‘Three Top Lords in the Imperial Court’. The ‘gong 公’ from the Chinese name ‘gong ji 公鸡’ for ‘rooster’ puns on the Chinese name for ‘lord’ and three roosters in the picture represent the three […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Xi Cong Tian Jiang
Chinese: 喜从天降
Name Of Image: May unexpected good luck descend on you!
Description:

Pun design: Spider + descending from the sky Punning mechanism: ‘Zhi zhu (蜘蛛, spider)’ has a nickname ‘xi zi (蟢子)’ or ‘xi zhu (喜蛛)’ meaning the ‘lucky one’ or ‘lucky spider’. Its first character ‘xi 喜(蟢)’ for ‘happiness (good luck)’ […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Die
Chinese: 萱耋
Name Of Image: May mother live up to a ripe old age
Description:

Lily flowers and butterflies form a pun rebus picture known as ‘Xuan Die 萱耋’, meaning ‘May mother live up to a ripe old age’. ‘Xuan 萱’ comes from ‘xuan cao 萱草’,the Chinese name for ‘lily’ and ‘die 耋’ , the […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Lu Lian Ke
Chinese: 一路连科
Name Of Image: May you pass examinations all the way
Description:

One egret, which can be referred to in Chinese as ‘一鹭 yi lu’, makes a pun (i.e. a homophone) on the phrase ‘一路 yi lu’, for ‘all the way’. The lotus pod ‘莲窠 lian ke’, is a pun on ‘连科 […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Lu Qing Lian
Chinese: 一路清廉
Name Of Image: You are an honest and uncorrupted official in your entire career
Description:

An egret and lotus flowers (莲花) are pictured in combination to infer ‘Yi Lu Qing Lian’, which means ‘You are an honest and uncorrupted official in your entire career’. ‘Yi lu 一鹭’ for ‘one egret’ puns on ‘yi lu 一路’ […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Zhi Ri Gao Sheng
Chinese: 指日高升
Name Of Image: May your chance of promotion be just round the corner
Description:

The action of ‘pointing to the sun’ is termed in Chinese as ‘指日 zhi ri’, which sounds and looks exactly the same as (both homophone and homograph of) the phrase ‘指日 zhi ri’ meaning ‘in a few days’ time’. The […]

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