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Oct 18, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010 இ Baŋäŋaz இ 66 comments
歪 wāi ~ This word alone in Chinese stands for 'Crooked or Askew'. It is a combination of two words placed one on top of each other with [not] 不bù + [straight] 正zhèng thus the word ~ 歪 wāi [crooked]. There is a saying in Chinese 上梁不正下梁歪 shàng liáng bù zhèng xià liáng wāi literally means "when the top is not straight the bottom will become crooked". This is more inclined to negativity, often applied to a lousy head of a family, bad administrative corporation or to a country with rotten corrupted top guns.
Saw this word while watching "Justice Pao" on TV2 where the prisoners were wearing this word 囚 qiú meaning [prisoner] on their clothes. This word 囗 wéi [enclosure] has two meaning one of the most common is mouth. When 囗wéi [enclosed] the 人rén [people] they are putting the person behind bars. Wow what a combination!