The Chinese that became one of the two primary tongues of the ‘Verse was originally known as Mandarin. China’s official language, Mandarin (sometimes called Pekingese) was derived from the dialect once spoken in that country’s northeast, primarily around the capital Beijing. Another major Chinese dialect was Cantonese, spoken down south in Guangdong Province.
Way back in the Earth-That-Was days, the Chinese went through a brouhaha as to which of the two tongues to make official. Though no blood was shed far as we know, it was a verbal civil war. North and South fought with volleys of dead-waking hollers over the virtues of their respective cant. In the end, Mandarin won out as the national language. So instead of yat zeu, people shout qu si to tell folks to “go to hell.”
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