bigbluemeanie

Navigation

Home | Links | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Videos | Scarlett | Site notices

About This Site

About
A personal weblog with photographs and comments. Quiet ramblings, quite rambling...

Members

Login | Register | Why?

Search

Advanced Search

Most recent entries

Recent entries with comments

Feeds

Categories

Monthly Archives

Links

Lately listening to


Site Statistics

Site Credits

Next entry: A Walk In The Woods With Robert Frost

Previous entry: Safe Cycling

Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Go forth, with luck

image

According to Wikipedia:

Number 4 (四; accounting 肆; pinyin sì) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures because it is nearly homophonous to the word “death” (死 pinyin sǐ). Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the “4”: e.g. Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot G’s series (after G3 goes G5), etc. In East Asia, some buildings do not have a 4th floor. (Compare with the American practice of some buildings not having a 13th floor because 13 is considered unlucky.) In Hong Kong, some high-rise residential buildings literally miss all floor numbers with “4”, e.g. 4, 14, 24, 34 and all 40–49 floors. As a result, a building whose highest floor is number 50 may actually have only 36 physical floors.

Looking at the above photograph (taken in Wing Yip) I wonder if a supersticious person would rather “foursake” the free tin, or whether they would buy eight (of which two would be free).  The number four doesn’t seem to have been lucky for the person who printed the sign, as they misspelt “fourth” as “forth”.

Posted by bigblue on 07/07/2010 at 08:52 AM
Filed under: EuropeUnited KingdomEngland • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share

To post a comment Login or Register (Why?)