I saw this word from this:


What does it mean?

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    "Offenders will be turned over to the court to be dealt with." – Stan Jul 11 '13 at 10:08
  • @QuestionMarks That doesn't appear accurate or constructive. Please revise your comment. – Growler Aug 20 '13 at 21:17

送官究办 sòng guān jiūbàn - means to be sent to court to be dealt with

送 - to send

官 - means an official building, in this case it means the court

究 - investigate

办 - to be dealt with

Maybe others can provide some insight into whether or not this is still in use

  • As you're writing your answer in simplified Chinese, it should be noticed: only sounds jiū in mainland Mandarin, though it can be either jiù (preferred) or jiū in Taiwanese Mandarin. – Stan Jul 12 '13 at 3:00
  • @Stan - Thanks for that, I've edited my answer. – going Jul 12 '13 at 4:21
  • You're welcome. Yet ... I'm curious about your avatar. Is the stamp designed by yourself? Its order doesn't coincide with the rules of seal cutting. The correct order (left to right, top to bottom) should be 31/42 or 21/34 but not now 41/32. You can check this link 篆刻章法: 4.四字印,布排方式有六种 for more information. – Stan Jul 12 '13 at 6:10
  • @Stan - I shall plead ignorance. I used an online generator. From memory I wanted something Chinese looking when this site kicked off. I guess I should change it, no point in looking ignorant in the face of facts. – going Jul 12 '13 at 6:17

Offenders will be prosecuted by law/the authority.


It just means "if someone breaks the rule, he will get punished." Actually, this word is seldom used in China Mainland today. It is more common before 1911.

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    It's very common in Hong Kong, though seldom used in mainland China. – Stan Jul 11 '13 at 12:05
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    It is also quite common in Taiwan. – Michael Lai Jul 12 '13 at 4:15
  • @MichaelLai So are Americans making this sign to alert Hong Kong people and Taiwanese? That would be kind of racial prejudice... – simonmysun Jul 17 '13 at 23:37
  • It is rather interesting to see that it is written in traditional Chinese. It might indicate that the sign is either old, or that the communities around the area are mainly from the southern parts of China... – Michael Lai Jul 17 '13 at 23:43

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