What does it mean?

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What does it mean?

Post by Datsun »

I was watching an old b/w movie last week. In it, there is a magic hand gong that grants its owner whatever it wishes. After it is struck, the fellow says 'Bo Bui, Bo Bui'. What does that mean, please?

Helmut
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Re: What does it mean?

Post by Helmut »

"Bo" with the -o- pronounced as in English "go" ?

Did not see the movie. Could it be "treasure" ?

Datsun

Re: What does it mean?

Post by Datsun »

Yes, perhaps it should be 'bou bui, bou bui'.

Dylan

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Post by Dylan »

In which case, a better translation is "Precious".

Dyl.

emily

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Post by emily »

It could mean treasure, in Cantonese 寶貝

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Post by puiwaihin »

Since "bou bui" can be either an adjective or a noun, I guess it could be either.

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Datsun

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"Since "bou bui" can be either an adjective or a noun, I guess it could be either."

Well, a couple times, it is used as noun instead of "loh" or gong. But, in the film, it's mostly used as a magic incantation to make the wish come true (like 'abracadabra'). So while either 'precious' or 'treasure' makes some sense, saying 'precious, precious' or 'treasure, treasure' doesn't quite sound right in that context.

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