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The serenity symbol

POSTED BY: LEONIDAS
UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2007 04:51
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Friday, April 20, 2007 12:05 AM

LEONIDAS


I was checking out Chinese symbols on-line and noticed several serenity ones that were the same as each other but different to the one on the ship.
This has been bugging me so, is the one on the ship Mandarin or something? I looked that up, but no matches.
Or was it just a big coincidence that I'll laugh about later?


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Friday, April 20, 2007 4:57 AM

SHINYDS


Yes, I believe it is Mandarin. I'm big on languages, but more than a little lacking in knowledge on the oriental languages. However, in the commentary on the Out of Gas episode, it was mentioned that the warning low oxygen levels message was accidentally translated into Cantonese instead of Mandarin, which leands me to believe that Mandarin was their choice for everything else in the episodes and movie. IF all else fails, there's always this website... http://www.mandarintools.com/worddict.html I hope what little I have to offer helped.

"Wherever we want to go, we'll go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. That's what a ship needs but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom."
--Capt. Jack Sparrow

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Friday, April 20, 2007 5:13 AM

HELL'S KITTEN


No, it's not "Mandarin." Chinese is Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese are more along the lines of totally different dialects (way over-simplification) - exact same written characters are pronounced entirely differently.

You find different characters for the same word because that's the nature of language and translation. Think of how many synonyms there are for the word or concept of "serenity," and you'll get the idea. (tranquil, calm, peace, etc.)

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Friday, April 20, 2007 5:24 AM

DRACONUS


Also it might be considered that the name Serenity and the word serenity are done differently. There are plenty of occasions where a word's look or spelling is changed when it becomes a proper name.


May you have enough.

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Friday, April 20, 2007 8:23 PM

LEONIDAS


Ok, thanks.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 4:51 AM

AYCEOFSPADES


My first name appears on the symbol, AJ.


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