黄色 Yellow and Its Other Meaning

If you have studied Chinese for a while, you probably already know that,

黄色 Huáng sè is the word for ‘yellow’ in Chinese. However, do you know that, 黄色 also has another meaning, which is… …yup, porno.

黄色小说 Huáng sè xiǎo shuō    pornographic novel

黄色笑话 Huáng sè xiào huà       Dirty jokes

你很黄色 Nǐ hěn huáng sè           You are so dirty minded

Some say that, apparently is because during the end of the 19th century, the pornographic books from England often with a yellow cover page, so that gradually yellow‘ became the word for porno.

 

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