A caltrop near Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Tunnel, on November 15. Photo: James Wendlinger
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where Molotov cocktails seen in Hong Kong protests got their name – think Nordic gallows humour

  • The Molotov cocktail has become part of the lexicon of Hong Kong protests. Thank wartime Finland for this nickname for the petrol bomb
  • The water caltrop, whose dried seed pod feudal Japanese use to make a spiked weapon to slow troops’ advance, has lent its name to another device protesters use

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A caltrop near Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Tunnel, on November 15. Photo: James Wendlinger
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Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Doxxing: the powerful ‘weapon’ in the Hong Kong protests had a petty beginning

  • ‘Dropping dox’, as it was known in the 1990s, was an act of retribution during flame wars in which hackers and posters got into arguments online
  • It refers to the act of leaking an individual’s personal information for the purpose of humiliation or intimidation

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Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
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