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Superstitious, spikegifted?

October 17, 2003

[Originally posted by DeLarge]

Just browsing these forums and I noticed that your next post will be the 4,444th (at 10am anyway). Nae luck, as they say up here.

Post something quick and get it over with. But I'll bet when you click the "submit" button your PC crashes.

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October 17, 2003

Hehe... Thanks for the reminder! I am Superstitious...

This thread was the 2nd thread I looked at when I logged in this morning (after the SETI@Home Team thread, but I didn't reply immediately), so I 'pre-fabbed' couple replies so that I'd spend as little time on the 4444th post count as possible.

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October 18, 2003

In Cantonese, and probably many other Chinese dialects, '4' sounds like 'dead' (or 'die' or 'death')... Most Chinese will avoid the number '4' if they could help it. For example, in many buildings in HK, both commercial and residential, there's no 14th floor. Simple.

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October 19, 2003

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Just a question: how come the 14th floor is avoided, but not, say the 4th or the 34th? is there also a significance to the number 1?
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I'm glad you ask that question... It was kinda begging for it, wasn't it?

The reason '14' will usually avoided by the superstitious type because '10' in Cantonese sounds a lot like 'definite' or 'definitely'. Unlike many other counting systems around the world, the Chinese always counted on base 10 which means that at '11', there's no new word for it - the language simply use 'ten' and 'one' and be done with it. With 'ten' and 'four', you'll get something that sounds a lot like 'definitely' 'dead'... Not something you'd like to chance, if you think the arrangement of your 'fung sui' will be affected by where to position a particular vase in the apartment. 14th floor usually are labeled as '13a floor'...  

 

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