Rebecca Sy (centre), the sacked former head of Cathay Dragon’s union, at a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong last month. Picture: AFP
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Tracing ‘terrorism’, the loaded word being applied to the Hong Kong protests

  • The word entered English as a very specific term
  • While it lacks a universal definition today, most agree that it is highly charged and best avoided

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Rebecca Sy (centre), the sacked former head of Cathay Dragon’s union, at a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong last month. Picture: AFP
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The founders of popular Facebook page Kongish Daily, at Tung Wah College, in Ho Man Tin, in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Do you speak Kongish? Hong Kong protesters harness unique language code to empower and communicate

The mixed code of romanised Cantonese and English has helped popularise phrases such as ‘add oil’, from Cantonese ‘ga yau’

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The founders of popular Facebook page Kongish Daily, at Tung Wah College, in Ho Man Tin, in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong
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