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Posted Sat Nov 6th, 2010 10:12pm Post subject: Chinese Cat

I am watching an old QI on Dave, where you said that Mao (Chairman Mao) means cat. That is not true! The chinese character for cat is very different, (mao flat tone 猫) from the chinese character for Chairman Mao. (mao rising tone 毛, means: hair; feather; down) You have to remember that Chinese is a tone language. I found 44 different mao's in my chinese dictionary.
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