Outrage As Modern Chinese Dictionary Includes English Words

A recently published edition of the Modern Chinese Dictionary, one of China’s bestselling dictionaries, has caused outrage amongst language purists as it contains 239 English words and acronyms. Words such as ‘GDP ‘and ‘NBA’ are included in the dictionary. Chinese language purists want to avoid including so many English words in the dictionary and have signed a petition in order to have them translated into Chinese characters or even, removed altogether.

Others think that a big fuss is being made over nothing as they believe that language evolves over time and naturally takes on new vocabulary from other languages.

What are your thoughts about including English words and acronyms in the Modern Chinese Dictionary? Do you speak Chinese and are not happy about these words being included? Send us your comments in the Comments box below. We’d love to hear your opinion!

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