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Numbers and meanings in China

2018-March-21       Source: Newsgd.com

In Chinese culture, numbers are believed to bring good luck or misfortune to their life.

Lucky, Unlucky and Neutral

The auspicious numbers are believed to be that of 4 and 7. China's lucky numbers are 6, 8, and 9. Neutral numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5. In some cases neutral numbers are both lucky and unlucky or have no association to luck of any kind.

Numbers in internet slang

On internet web forums, chatrooms and other Chinese social media networks, a combination of numbers have also developed meanings not particularly related to luck, but developed into greetings and phrases.

520 (wǔ èr líng) - 520 is used for 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ), which means "I love you" in Chinese. Sometimes Chinese people prefer texting this to each other as opposed to saying the actual phrase.

88 (bā bā) - 88 is commonly used when signing out of web forums, signing off chatrooms, or ending a discussion when texting online, to represent "bye-bye".

1314 (yī sān yī sì) - 1314 represents 一生一世 (yì shēng yí shì), which literally translates to "one life one world". This is often combined with 520 to get 5201314, or "I love you forever".

555 (wǔ wǔ wǔ) - 555 represents 呜呜呜 (wū wū wū), it's a kind of onomatopoeia, meant to symbolize a crying sound.

What do you think? Would you ever buy a license plate that has "666" on it? Would you accept a phone number with a lot of number "4s"? Or will you text your loved one "520"?

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