Hong Kong’s Jade Market, in Kowloon, is a popular tourist attraction. Photo: AFP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

‘Jade’: behind the European name of China’s favourite stone

The word’s origin stories include Portuguese traders in Asia and Spanish conquistadores in Mesoamerica, while it’s English form comes from an erroneous spelling

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Hong Kong’s Jade Market, in Kowloon, is a popular tourist attraction. Photo: AFP
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