Why you should never give a clock to a Chinese person

Some of my best friends are Chinese, but they can be a superstitious nation. If one word sounds like a another, then the association can either mean good luck or black luck.

An example of good luck is the number 8 which is the luckiest number because it sounds like the words for ‘prosperity’ and ‘multiply’.

An example of bad luck is clock because the word for clock is “zhong” and the pronunciation is the same as another Chinese word, written differently, that can mean ‘death’ (or the end or finish of something).

A British Government minister has just messed up on the bad luck front as you can read here.


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