legend of kung-fu

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Apr 29 06:19:14 UTC 2010

> Kuli (č‹¦å ›) does indeed mean strenuous effort or hard work in Chinese,
> and over the past century and a half or so it has also meant laborer
> (i.e. coolie). But according to the Grand dictionnaire Ricci de la
> langue chinoise (7 vols., Paris-Taipei, 2001), the second meaning
> comes from the Hindi kƻli or qulƮ. Other dictionaries agree.
> Paul

When I post stuff to other English-language lists, Chinese characters
and other unicode characters are displayed just fine, but for some
reason not on this list.


Paul Frank
German, French, Chinese > English
Huémoz - Aigle - Neuchâtel, CH
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