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 Post subject: An opportunity for Who/Hu puns
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:43 pm 
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The massive layoffs of copy editors at the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's largest English-language newspaper, has apparently caught up with it. While almost all copy editors there are native-English-speaking expatriates, you shouldn't need to be able to read Chinese to catch this faux pas.


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 Post subject: Re: An opportunity for Who/Hu puns
PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:39 am 
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I don't understand the purpose of including the Chinese rendering of the president's name in an English-language newspaper.


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 Post subject: Re: An opportunity for Who/Hu puns
PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:23 pm 
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Phil, my guess is that it's done as a courtesy to the publication's non-native-English-speaking readers, many of whom (I presume) have trouble with the English transliteration of Chinese names, especially those names not in the news all the time. A name like "Hu Jintao" isn't likely to cause confusion, of course; it seems the transliteration is done with everyone with a Chinese name for consistency.


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