What is “stuff”? Such a useful word in Chinese! Transition’s singer Jesse returns and finds out the fascinating reason why the word for “stuff” in Chinese is made up of the words East and West. Also, find out how to avoid insulting people!
Stuff can describe all material things. Toys, cars, pants, earrings — all our possessions. (Ex. “Get your hands off my stuff!”)
Stuff could also represent a concept: the fundamental qualities of a person or thing. (Ex. “Dragons are the stuff of legends.” “This kid knows his stuff.”)
How do the Chinese define it?
東／东 (dōng）= east
西 (xi) = west
東西／东西 (dōngxi）= things
How do you interpret that? What does it mean? Share with us in comment. We’d love to hear more from you!