According to the Chinese zodiac story, the ox took second place in the race to cross the river. Photo: Shutterstock
According to the Chinese zodiac story, the ox took second place in the race to cross the river. Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Year of the Ox: the role of the Chinese zodiac symbol in language

  • In the English language, ox has a claim to fame in its special plural form – oxen
  • The animal has also lent significance to writing systems in Ancient Greek

According to the Chinese zodiac story, the ox took second place in the race to cross the river. Photo: Shutterstock
According to the Chinese zodiac story, the ox took second place in the race to cross the river. Photo: Shutterstock
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