By Patrick Cummings, Hans-Georg Wolf

The Dictionary of Hong Kong English is exclusive. It contains phrases and usages particular to English in Hong Kong and reflective of the city's heritage and tradition. Acronyms and abbreviations universal in Hong Kong, position identify adjustments, Hong Kong phrases now across the world recognized, and cultural conceptualizations are extra positive aspects.

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See: big sister. big sister fixed expression. Definition: a female schoolmate from a senior grade or an older alumna. See: big brother. bird’s nest fixed expression. Definition: the edible nest of a variety of swallow; Chinese health food. ” See: swallow nest. black fungus n. Definition: an ear-shaped fungus, Auricularia polytricha, used in HK cooking. ” 13 boat congee ▸ boat congee B n. Definition: a popular Hong Kong variety of congee with a variety of ingredients, often including seafood, pork and tofu.

Big sister fixed expression. Definition: a female schoolmate from a senior grade or an older alumna. See: big brother. bird’s nest fixed expression. Definition: the edible nest of a variety of swallow; Chinese health food. ” See: swallow nest. black fungus n. Definition: an ear-shaped fungus, Auricularia polytricha, used in HK cooking. ” 13 boat congee ▸ boat congee B n. Definition: a popular Hong Kong variety of congee with a variety of ingredients, often including seafood, pork and tofu. ” See: sampan congee, congee.

Boiled egg idiomatic expression. Definition: a Chinesized Western person (derogatory), with reference to skin color. ” bok choy (also bak choi, pak choi, pak choy) /bək tʃɔɪ/ /pək tʃɔɪ/ n. Source language: Cantonese ( 白 菜 ). Definition: a popular kind of cabbage, of the species Brassica rapa var. chinensis. g. ” B bok choy (drawing by Adrian Cennydd Petyt) bone girl idiomatic expression. Definition: a woman who provides massage but also sex services. ” 15 bor law yau ▸ bor law yau B /bɔ lɔ jau/ n.

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