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07:15 am: Jingo Bill

One of the first people my daughter bonded with here in America is her godfather, Uncle Bill. For those of you who have not met him, he's a gentle fire giant...a big fellow with long long red hair that he wears in a braid and long, chest-lenght red beard. Quite early on, she started calling him by her own name for him: Jingo Bill.

I figured this was Chinese for Uncle Bill.

I asked some Mandarin speakers about it. To my surprise, they'd never heard the word. I figured it must mean Uncle in Cantonese.

Then, at camp, I made a comment about this to Ping-Ping's counselors. She now knew enough English to follow what I was saying. She started laughing and laughing uproariously. She then confirmed the theory that had I had been sneakily suspecting for some time.

In Chinese, e and i are pronounced differently, so our i is more like their e.

She was calling her uncle: Jingle Bell.




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From:madkestrel
Date:July 16th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
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That's so sweet!
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 16th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Well, she's punning. Another sign she's the right girl for the Wright family.
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 16th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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So cute!
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