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I believe this violates rules (at least it does in StackOverflow), because it's a subjective question. But this is a really big decision so I just wanted to tap any resources I could before moving forward

I'm going to open a business that has private Mahjong rooms, open late (till 4AM), at the top floor of a building

For a business name I am thinking

熬云

Because 熬夜 is staying up late 运气 is luck and 云 is clouds (top floor)

But my main problem is that I have no idea how it sounds. I do not know any Chinese business names, what is normal, what sounds normal, what sounds ridiculous

So my question is:
Does 熬云 sound like a business name? Especially one that has private rooms for mahjong

  • 运 might sound like a shipping company – user3306356 May 13 '16 at 1:07
  • Good call. so just 熬云?If all else fails I can just pick an English name – A O May 13 '16 at 1:12
  • Sounds like a cloud storage/cloud service company, like aliyun.com. – Drunken Master May 13 '16 at 3:44
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    No, It doesn't sound like any name, maybe a villian's name in fantasy novel. Because 熬 is a negative word, no one use it to name something in tradition. – wolfrevo May 13 '16 at 7:38
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    @AO 宝云 is an OK name, but sounds average, not special. 倪阔乐's idea is worth considering, that's much more interesting. (As you insist the ao sound) you may try 宝灯九莲 or something else. – Stan May 13 '16 at 17:50
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To me as a native speaker, there is a negative feeling about 熬. It means getting through(or endure) bad things(etc. pain, poor, sickness). see 熬's meaning here

So maybe 熬 is just not the best choice. But considering your ID as "A O", you may like this "ao" sound very much. So my recommendation is to use 鏖 instead.(see 鏖's meaning here). It basically meaning a really long battle. As Mahjong is a really long battle on the table. Hope this helps.

  • yar I do like the "Ao", but i'm not married to it by any means. I want it to sound more like a lounge/relaxing business, so I will continue looking at other characters. I think I want to keep 云, though... gonna need to put more thought into it. Thanks for the input :) – A O May 13 '16 at 2:24
  • You are welcome. 云 is very good. 客似云来: customers flood in like clouds! – Archeosudoerus May 13 '16 at 3:29
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    I agree, 熬 has a negative connotation so it should be avoided. The only minor problem is 鏖 is less common seen so some people cannot pronounce it correctly. Anyway 鏖云 does sound like a good casino name to me LOL – Stan May 13 '16 at 4:15
  • What do you think about 宝云? – A O May 13 '16 at 16:17
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熬definitely sounds negative tiresome if not above neutral. 傲云maybe better choice and still has the sound/meaning if your original 熬云. Each hand starts with 13 tiles remind me a restaurant named "Lucky 13". Contradiction like that sometimes makes it stand out more or make it easy for people to remember. If the name is 清七对, everyone (who plays Mahjong) knows what it is.

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