doddard

This is truly one of the oddest words I have ever had the pleasure of accidentally discovering. The discovery actually came from a typo. 😛 I’m no longer sure what I was actually searching for that day, but this word has stayed with me since then.

Doddard is a tree that is missing its top branches through rot or decay.

Strangely specific, isn’t it? What are trees missing its top branches not through rot or decay called? What about trees, through rot or decay, that are missing only its lower branches? Do those even exist?

And now that we’re on this topic… Is there a name for trees that resemble human faces?

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

Sources:
Collins Dictionary

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HSK 1 2.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.

This app has been greatly improved over the past few weeks:
1. All pinyin pronunciations are now included. You can listen to them as you flip through different words.
2. There is now the ability to quiz yourself. There are two quiz options: definitions and pinyin.
3. Various bugs were fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

山寨 (shānzhài)

As I’ve been teaching myself some Mandarin lately, I figure it’s about time I find something funny there. 🙂

After a brief search around, I found the word 山寨 (shānzhài). Literally, it is a compound word that means mountain (山) village/stronghold (寨). However, its actual de facto meaning is more like “knockoff” products.

Though sounding rather accusatory, the term knockoff here is actually quite apt. And although knockoff products can appear anywhere in the world, China somehow has managed to really make a name for itself in this arena, as there are whole industries devoted to making imitation products, such as:

Restaurants:


Clothes:


Ummmmmm:

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

Source:
Wikipedia