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31 votes
5 answers
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Why isn't 四 four lines? (the origin of 一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九)

27 votes
4 answers
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Why is 足 both "foot" and "enough"?

17 votes
8 answers
3k views

家: why is a home a place for pigs?

13 votes
6 answers
1k views

快: why does "fast" also mean "happy"?

13 votes
2 answers
2k views

How much faster is it to write Simplified over Traditional?

12 votes
4 answers
5k views

Reasons for Chinese changing from monosyllabic to disyllabic?

12 votes
5 answers
1k views

Why was the rice component added to 气 to form 氣?

12 votes
2 answers
825 views

Which period in Chinese history produced the most chengyu?

11 votes
1 answer
521 views

Why is "steak" 肉排?

11 votes
4 answers
499 views

What's the relationship between 炮 and 砲?

11 votes
4 answers
1k views

Why is the 会 in 会计 pronounced kuài?

11 votes
2 answers
501 views

Is there a "Peking Opera dialect"?

11 votes
3 answers
440 views

Origin of -的干活?

11 votes
6 answers
348 views

案: why is a bench also a case?

10 votes
6 answers
1k views

犬子: who's the dog?

9 votes
6 answers
3k views

三长两短: what's long and what's short?

9 votes
4 answers
1k views

What does 反动 mean?

8 votes
1 answer
476 views

Why is the 車 in Chinese chess pronounced jū?

8 votes
2 answers
767 views

Etymology of 二百五?

7 votes
1 answer
280 views

Why is 汉子 measured in 条?

7 votes
1 answer
384 views

Why is "小小" pronounced as "xué xiǎo"?

7 votes
8 answers
2k views

What is the difference between 看不起 and 看不上?

7 votes
1 answer
107 views

Were 蒸 and 祯 homonyms?

6 votes
3 answers
1k views

Why does 拉倒 mean "forget about it"?

6 votes
2 answers
693 views

What does 餅乾 mean in Taiwan?

6 votes
4 answers
392 views

或: how did "region" become "either"?

5 votes
2 answers
333 views

丼: why is "well" also "bowl of food"?

5 votes
2 answers
6k views

What's the difference between 说 and 讲?

5 votes
5 answers
3k views

Chengyu with two numbers

5 votes
2 answers
369 views

What are these "riddle jokes"?