Victor Mair said,
Good question, Greg.My immediate response is that kam-á 柑仔 ("tangerine") is overtly marked as Taiwanese, which the vendor might have felt would be off-putting to Mandarin speakers. Add to that the cuteness of the pun, and writing it as gānmā 乾媽 ("godmother") must have been nearly irresistible.
See also my next post on the Golden Monkey, especially the last line.http://yifertw.blogspot.tw/2016/02/29.html
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"Amazing, and slightly off putting, to see what a Boeing 777 aircraft can do when not on autopilot and flying/circling low over the ocean."
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Holly: Then please stop staring at me, it's very off putting. 霍莉:那請別再盯著我，
(2) His arrogance is very off-putting（他很傲慢，令人反感）。
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off-putting Show phonetics
adjective [after verb]
slightly unpleasant or worrying so that you are discouraged from getting involved in any way:
He's slightly aggressive, which a lot of people find a bit off-putting when they first meet him.
What I found off-putting was the amount of work that you were expected to do.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
━━ a. 感じの悪い, 当惑させる.
Definition of off-putting
- A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
- A succession without a break or gap in time: won the title for three years in a row.
- A line of adjacent seats, as in a theater, auditorium, or classroom.
- A continuous line of buildings along a street.
To place in a row.
a tough row to hoe Informal.
- A difficult situation to endure.
[Middle English, from Old English rāw.]
v., rowed, row·ing, rows. v.intr. Nautical
To propel a boat with or as if with oars.
- To propel (a boat) with or as if with oars.
- To carry in or on a boat propelled by oars.
- To use (a specified number of oars or people deploying them).
- To propel or convey in a manner resembling rowing of a boat.
- To pull (an oar) as part of a racing crew.
- To race against by rowing.
- The act or an instance of rowing.
- A shift at the oars of a boat.
- A trip or an excursion in a rowboat.
[Middle English rowen, from Old English rōwan.]rower row'er n.
- A boisterous disturbance or quarrel; a brawl. See synonyms at brawl.
- An uproar; a great noise.
To take part in a quarrel, brawl, or uproar.
発音━━ n. 騒ぎ; （家庭内などの）けんか; 〔英〕 しかられること (get into a 〜 しかられる）; （政治的・社会的）論議.
make [kick up] a row 騒ぎを起す; 抗議する.
━━ vt. 〔英〕 ののしる.
━━ vi. 騒ぐ; 大げんかする ((with; about, over)).