I’m sure most of ya’ll are familiar with the taboo of 4 here, it sounding like the word for “death”. I thought it’d be interesting if we could form a list or discussion of more of these “sounds like” no-nos as I’ve found there are many more.
Off the top of my head, I was scolded not long ago when I jokingly called a female friend a chicken, or rather a “big chicken” in Mandarin. It didn’t seem to have much effect when said in English but when I reverted to saying it in Chinese I nearly lost an eye from the objects thrown at me. I’d known previously that “whore” and “prostitute” were of simliar sound to “chicken” but how was I to know that the word “chicken” was offensive when used toward another person?
I remember hearing others of this sort, none coming immediately to mind. Anyone care to comment and/or add to the list?