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Someone was asking about this in a German Chinese forum. Now I too would really like to know what 水 is here! The author is from 重庆, maybe it is dialect.

他一向说话算话,没有水过我,起码在这之前,他没有过,一定是他明白自己做的丑事——用那么一本诲淫的书,公然引诱一个处女,现在不好意思了,被我逮住了。

Source: 《饥饿的女儿》,作者:虹影,出版年1997,第九章(3)。

The situation is: the main character of the book is meeting her history teacher for the first time outside a hospital, he doesn't show.

So maybe 没有水过我 is 放鸽子 but how does 水 come to mean that??

In German it was translated as cheat = verschaukeln. The original questioner also mentioned 过水 www.zdic.net/c/7/1d/44699.htm 2, which I would loosely translate as 'he never fucked me about before'.

English from Howard Goldblatt: Always a man of his word, he'd never said one thing to me when he meant the other, at least not till now. He must have been ashamed of what he'd done - giving a virgin a dirty book like that - and knew that I'd seen through his little game.

  • i don't know, it might be a good reminder for people thinking they know how to swear "appropriately" in Chinese when they don't.;) Interesting how hard it is to swear "correctly" in a foreign language. – Master Sparkles Jan 5 '15 at 23:40
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It is dialect:

  水最大的特点是没有根基,喜流动。好个重庆城,山高地不平。水就更容易流动。天上一下雨,地上流成河。雨过天晴,刚才还流得像河一样的雨水,便不见了踪影。那雨水流到长江嘉陵江中,也不会停止脚步,继续流动,浩浩荡荡,汹涌澎湃,汇于朝天门外,奔向朝阳升起的东方。在重庆方言中,“水”的这种特性得到引申,得到凸现。

  “水”就是说话不算数,就是办事不牢靠。这事“水”了,就是说这事没有办好。

  • no problem - thank you for asking a question that led me to learn something new :) – Master Sparkles Jan 5 '15 at 23:24
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From context, we can guess the meaning of 水,他一向说话算话,(He always speak count)没有水过我(did not cheat me).So, 水 here means cheat or let someone down.

水 also has a meaning of did not doing something well, such as 这把游戏太水了(I did not play the game well).

  • cheat is not 'let someone down' It is hard to grasp how 水 can mean 骗, even in 重庆! – Pedroski Jan 6 '15 at 0:18
  • I didn't know that 水 in 重庆.Thanks! – lqhcpsgbl Jan 6 '15 at 0:20
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It is not only a dialect. 水分 means moisture first, later extends to mendacious or exaggerate things. This comes from that people buy sand, woods, vegetables, even meat, etc, if the moisture ratio is higher, people think that they may pay for the worthless water in them meanwhile. Now this word describes someone's words is exaggerate or mendacious, there are also some words with this meaning in the Chinese Internet circle, like 水帖 (literally: water-post) means meaningless thread or post in forum, 灌水 (literally: irrigate-water) means post many more meaningless content, you can also say that someone or something is 水 (adj).

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