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Note: much of this is based on the answer by Altair at Chinese-Forums. It may be worthwhile to answer the 也 / 他 / 地 / 池 question first. Character Mandarin Cantonese Hokkien Middle Ch. Old Ch. 也 yě jaa5 / yáh iā yæX *lAjʔ 他 tā taa1 / tā tha/thaⁿ tha *l̥ ˤaj 地 ...


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也,它,虫 have the same origin, meaning 蛇 snake. 也 means vulva, 女阴. This meaning is related to totem worship and reproduction worship. I think it's also possibly related to the ancient Chinese mythology : Nüwa (女娲) who is known for creating mankind and repairing the pillar of heaven (Fig. 1 and 2), and Fuxi (伏羲) who is credited with (along with his sister Nü ...


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Because she born on 9th Sep of Chinese traditional calendar, it's a Chinese traditional festival, which we call it "重九"(double nine).


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http://baike.baidu.com/subview/199191/8163691.htm gives a plausible answer: it refers to a remote possibility of a thing X happening. Sort of "among the ten thousand and one things that could happen, one is X." Far back in ancient and classical Chinese, the ten thousand things are a proverbial way to express all that happens in this world. But I did not ...


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xfx explained the 九, I'll add the 儿: 儿 is often added to a 小名 (childhood name). It does not mean "ninth child" in this case, and the meaning "child" isn't really important here. The alternative would be to double up the name (like 花花,果果, etc). While homophones are extremely common and you wouldn't normally think of 酒 when you hear 九, in this case it may ...



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