Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: 鬼佬 (gweilo)

鬼佬 (gweilo)

Noun:   Historically a derogatory term, gweilo is a Cantonese slang word that refers to foreigners, especially Caucasians. It literally translates into "ghost man" with gwei () meaning "ghost" or "demon" and lo (佬) meaning "man."

It rose in popularity in the early 1800s, and is still commonly used in Hong Kong, but without any real malice nowadays.
Tags: chinese, g, noun, slang, wordsmith: trellia_chan

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