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What Does "jinhao" Mean As A Chinese Word?


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#1 DaveBj

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 13:55

I was discussing my pen purchases with one of my mates in the Community band at the last rehearsal (we both play Jinbao [with a b] euphoniums).  He was wondering what the word "Jinhao" means.  "Hao" means "good" with one of the four tones, but it might have different meanings with other tones.

 

Does anyone know?  And care to share their knowledge?

 

 


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 14:41

"Gold Number"  according to Wikipedia, first hit  after Googling "Jin Hao translate"

 

 

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#3 disillusion

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 15:20

You guys are talking about homonyms here. 

 

Jinhao could mean golden heroic person or a spendthrift with a lot of gold.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 16:24

jin = gold

hao = luxurious, dignity, pride, heroic person

(read the characters off the jinhao website)

together roughly translates to golden luxury. Or golden dignity..or golden heroic person as disillusion suggested. the problem is the "Hao" they used have multiple meanings haha


Edited by superglueshoe, 10 May 2014 - 16:26.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 16:27

Actually, 金 means gold while 豪 means fortune or heroic.

But since a Chinese character can stand for a lot of meanings,

you can only explain "Jinhao" in an abstract way.

It is a tradition for naming a brand by combining multiple positive characters.

Chinese is my native language.


Edited by fasthall, 11 May 2014 - 08:40.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 17:22

金豪.

 

The meaning is probably what the posters above suggest.

 

But looking at it as a separate words, as nouns and not adjectives:

金 - Gold

豪 - Oyster

 

So 金豪 means Golden Oyster? :P

 

(Chinese is my mother tongue too)


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 18:09

Thanks, y'all :D


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 19:41

金豪.

 

The meaning is probably what the posters above suggest.

 

But looking at it as a separate words, as nouns and not adjectives:

金 - Gold

豪 - Oyster

 

So 金豪 means Golden Oyster? :P

 

(Chinese is my mother tongue too)

 

And people are still looking for that damn pearl... lol :D



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 00:38

金豪.

 

The meaning is probably what the posters above suggest.

 

But looking at it as a separate words, as nouns and not adjectives:

金 - Gold

豪 - Oyster

 

So 金豪 means Golden Oyster? :P

 

(Chinese is my mother tongue too)

 

豪 cannot possibly be "oyster" without a radical making it 蠔 .


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 15:40

My bad, oyster is the one with the bug character in front. >__<

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Golden Chivalry. :)

On a side note, they do have the balls to make clones. Though they have wonderful designs too :D

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:12

Golden Luxury would be the most accurate translation.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:23

Me, I'll translate it into "Gold Ambition".

The "hao 豪" also has a meaning of "great ambition". If you take a look at Jinhao's logo, it's a Chinese chariot which, I believe, indicates the chariot Confucius used to ride when he traveled around China (about 2500 years ago).

Therefore I would say that Jinhao could possibly mean a gold (glorious) ambition.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 16:12

JinHao simply means good pen:

 

1. Jin means gold, as a Chinese tradition, expensive or valuable things are always referred as gold.

     for example, someone is trying to sell you a cheap table at $1000 price tag. you fight back:

     "Are you selling a gold table? it's just a wood table!".

 

2. Hao in old Chinese means animal hair used to make traditional Chinese brush pen. In modern Chinese

    this word also means  a writing instrument, especially a traditional Chinese brush pen.

 

 Sadly, even native Chinese speakers here didn't even know that Hao here means animal hair, and ended up

 with the wrong answers.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 21:16

Also in terms of pronunciation, you pronounce Jin in Jinhao more like Jeen than the English word gin.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 18:08

豪 has been used for 毫 before, as in 商君書·弱民:「今離婁見秋豪之末,不能以明目易人。」 Could mean "golden hair." Or "metal hair." Y'know...like fountain pens?


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 02:37

JinHao simply means good pen:

 

1. Jin means gold, as a Chinese tradition, expensive or valuable things are always referred as gold.

     for example, someone is trying to sell you a cheap table at $1000 price tag. you fight back:

     "Are you selling a gold table? it's just a wood table!".

 

2. Hao in old Chinese means animal hair used to make traditional Chinese brush pen. In modern Chinese

    this word also means  a writing instrument, especially a traditional Chinese brush pen.

 

 Sadly, even native Chinese speakers here didn't even know that Hao here means animal hair, and ended up

 with the wrong answers.

 

 It is true that in ancient times 豪 =毫 in some contexts, but it is not ancient times any more.


Edited by posthuman1, 19 August 2014 - 02:43.


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 13:29

JinHao simply means good pen:

 

1. Jin means gold, as a Chinese tradition, expensive or valuable things are always referred as gold.

     for example, someone is trying to sell you a cheap table at $1000 price tag. you fight back:

     "Are you selling a gold table? it's just a wood table!".

 

2. Hao in old Chinese means animal hair used to make traditional Chinese brush pen. In modern Chinese

    this word also means  a writing instrument, especially a traditional Chinese brush pen.

 

 Sadly, even native Chinese speakers here didn't even know that Hao here means animal hair, and ended up

 with the wrong answers.

As a Chinese, I must thank you for your edification. 



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 13:55

Thinking about it, it would surprise me if the double meaning wasn't deliberate. If you could have a word that meant 'Luxurious Gold' and 'Valuable Brush Pen' at the same time depending on context, then any marketing guru would almost force you to use it, wouldn't they?

 

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 14:29

And the Chinese language is fantastic at being able to have multiple meanings, puns and inferences from just a few characters. Probably the most ubiquitous, at least at a certain time of year, is the posting of the character for luck, Fu, upside down. When you speak the sentence, "your "Fu" is upside down", it sounds exactly like the words "Your luck has arrived." It's a visual, verbal pun using only one character.

 

I'm with richardandtracy. The answer, I would guess, would be both meanings.

 

At one time my Classical Chinese was better than my modern, and modern Chinese has nothing on the language tricks played using Classical Chinese, which can be much more concise and much less precise. This is what allows for whole books to be written on the many meanings of a short passage in Classical Chinese.


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 18:05

Ah. Here i was thinking it meant "Dirt Cheap"...

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