LINGUIST List 23.903

Wed Feb 22 2012

Media: Jeremy Lin puns in Chinese

Editor for this issue: Brent Woo <>

Date: 22-Feb-2012
From: Brent Woo <>
Subject: Jeremy Lin puns in Chinese
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The recent craze following Jeremy Lin's surprising rise to fame in the NBA hasturned up some new words trending in social media--among them "linsanity" and"linspiration". But English isn't the only language with wordplay: the Taiwanesemedia are using similar homophony in Chinese to build a whole lexicon of punsbased on his name.

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