What does it mean?

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Datsun

What does it mean?

Postby Datsun » Tue May 04, 2004 2:06 pm

I was watching an old b/w movie last week. In it, there is a magic hand gong that grants its owner whatever it wishes. After it is struck, the fellow says 'Bo Bui, Bo Bui'. What does that mean, please?

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Re: What does it mean?

Postby Helmut » Thu May 06, 2004 12:46 pm

"Bo" with the -o- pronounced as in English "go" ?

Did not see the movie. Could it be "treasure" ?

Datsun

Re: What does it mean?

Postby Datsun » Thu May 06, 2004 1:17 pm

Yes, perhaps it should be 'bou bui, bou bui'.

Dylan

Re: What does it mean?

Postby Dylan » Thu May 06, 2004 9:18 pm

In which case, a better translation is "Precious".

Dyl.

emily

Re: What does it mean?

Postby emily » Fri May 07, 2004 5:45 am

It could mean treasure, in Cantonese 寶貝

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Re: What does it mean?

Postby puiwaihin » Fri May 07, 2004 5:47 am

Since "bou bui" can be either an adjective or a noun, I guess it could be either.

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Datsun

Re: What does it mean?

Postby Datsun » Fri May 07, 2004 10:20 am

"Since "bou bui" can be either an adjective or a noun, I guess it could be either."

Well, a couple times, it is used as noun instead of "loh" or gong. But, in the film, it's mostly used as a magic incantation to make the wish come true (like 'abracadabra'). So while either 'precious' or 'treasure' makes some sense, saying 'precious, precious' or 'treasure, treasure' doesn't quite sound right in that context.

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Re: What does it mean?

Postby Terence » Sun May 09, 2004 6:02 pm

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