Monday, October 22, 2007

21 Hardest Chinese Ever

This is the 10th hottest keyword on Yahoo China today, 2,141,050 searches in one day.

A website recently launched an online voting to determine the hardest, most difficult, least known Chinese characters ever. Here is the current leader:

   meaning: exorcism

Even professors at the Chinese University in Hong Kong could understand only one of the 21 characters running for this title, they need to look up the rest in the dictionary. For most people, they will never encounter or use any of these characters in their entire lifetime.

According to one professor, there are around 60,000 to 80,000 Chinese characters in this world (no one has ever properly and officially counted them) but most people only know about 3000 characters when they finish high school, and that is already enough for you to understand 98% of all the written things.

So don't feel bad if you don't know "exorcism" or "flying squirrel". No one really does anyway.

To check out all 21 characters, visit:


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