Saturday, February 17, 2007

No Best-Sellers for Chinese Friends

Did you know that you cannot give books as Chinese New Year gifts? They are considered bad luck because the word for book in Chinese (shi) sounds just like the word for "to lose".

Just as well the Star warned me! Okay, I'll give cookies instead.

6 comments:

Chet said...

Eh, I not suspicious, so bring on the books. BTW, I still have one of yours, so if I return it during Chinese New Year, I should get rid of the losing streak, right?

Doey said...

Same here. I don't know of such taboo. My door is always open to The-Book-Loving-God-Of-Prosperity-Sharon

Anonymous said...

is it me or is the link broken ?

bibliobibuli said...

anon - sorry lah - really should check a bit better

chet, doey - a good bookshop marketing ploy might be to encourage book voucher ang pow

Miao said...

It should be 'shu' actually, not 'shi'. ^^

bibliobibuli said...

thanks miao