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Re: Wen For The Road


Somebody wants to know what the characters in “Wen Jiabao” mean. Well:
“Wen” means “lukewarm” (the radical is “water”); “Jia” means “home” (the
radical is “roof”); “Bao” means “precious” (generally listed under the
“roof” radical, but I think should more properly be under “wealth”). Make
of it what you will. (Chinese people rarely think of the meanings of the
characters that make up personal names, any more than when you meet someone
named “Frank” you think: “Oh, he must be an outspoken sort of guy”…)


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