I have this on a shirt and cannot find out what it means. My findings are that it is bopomofo/zhuyin phonetic for "Wai1". The only translations I found were "lop-sided" which doesn't seem to make any sense, and "awesome power" which seems to make more sense for a shirt but this is a Cantonese translation and apparently bopomofo is not commonly used for Cantonese. Anyone know?

This is how it appears on the shirt:

  • Isn't ㄨㄞ 'wai1'?
    – imrek
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 20:17
  • Any chance that there is one more character above that? ㄉㄨㄞ?
    – sazarando
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 7:20

2 Answers 2


It is Mandarin phonetic symbols commonly used in Taiwan.


  1. http://lib.ctcn.edu.tw/chtdict/zhuyin_2.aspx?ZhuYin=%E3%84%A8%E3%84%9E&TopZhuYin=%E3%84%A8

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Phonetic_Symbols_II#Finals

When printed on tee-shirt in this way, I think it means something naughty, happy and enjoyable. See https://zh.wiktionary.org/zh-hant/%E7%88%BD%E6%AD%AA%E6%AD%AA


I think it means "WHY?", as a joke. Maybe...

ㄨㄞ not, right?

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