Mar 14

minipost-Silly Taiwan Acronyms

Written by: Steve | Filed under:-mini-posts, culture, General, language, media, politics | Tags:,
19 Comments » newest 2013-05-19 10:29:01

Reading TonyP4’s comment this morning on the Numbers as Language thread, I noticed he used the acronym FOB meaning “Fresh Off Boat”. That reminded me of my Taiwan days and especially Catherine, one of the gals at my office in Hsinchu who was one of the funniest people with one of the driest wits I’ve ever encountered. She seemed to have an acronym for everything! So I thought it’d be fun for everyone to share the ones they know. I’ll start it off: “That stupid MBA made a pass at an MIT while married to an ABC. He’s just an IBM anyway.”

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Mar 14

Letter: Crouching Dancer, Hidden Jargon

Written by: guest | Filed under:-guest-posts, culture, General, religion | Tags:,
18 Comments » newest 2009-07-27 14:48:25

Thu, March 12 2009

At the food court in Vancouver’s Sinclair Centre, a young well-dressed Asian woman was last week handing out glossy leaflets promoting something called the Divine Performing Arts, or DPA.

She spoke softly, explaining to those who took her yellow pamphlets that the show, which is slated to hit a Vancouver stage next month, is about China’s culture and heritage. Continue reading »