A protester in Causeway Bay on October 5. Photo: May Tse
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

As Hong Kong bans protesters from wearing masks, we uncover the origins of the word

  • “Mask” entered the English language in around 1530 along with a new – masked – type of entertainer

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A protester in Causeway Bay on October 5. Photo: May Tse
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A Hong Kong policeman in khakhi drill at a protest outside Government House during the Black and white photo. Riot 1967 riots. Photo: SCMP
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How Hong Kong slang terms for ‘police’ have evolved over time

  • Much like the ‘popo’ of southern California, the uniform of the Hong Kong police force has informed what they are called
  • The word ‘police’ entered the English language via Latin, meaning ‘civil administration’

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A Hong Kong policeman in khakhi drill at a protest outside Government House during the Black and white photo. Riot 1967 riots. Photo: SCMP
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