China and Taiwan to Publish ‘First Joint Dictionary’

A new project, the Great Chinese Dictionary, is underway to ease cross-Straits linguistic confusion. BBC News reports on this dictionary, and the linguistic drift that has developed between mainland and Taiwanese Chinese:

There are also variations in tones. And each side uses different characters to translate new scientific, medical and English terms, as well as of important foreign places and .

Such differences can sometimes cause confusion even at a high level.

On a groundbreaking visit to in 2005, ’s current ruling party Kuomintang’s then-chairman Lien Chan used the phrase “yuan jing”, meaning a positive goal for the future, to express his hopes for good .

Chinese had no idea what he meant because they had never heard of the phrase.

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