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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:18 pm 
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China sent three of its taikonauts, two male and one female, to its Tiangong-1 mini-space station yesterday.
The aim is to gain experience for a much bigger space station in 2020.

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Robert Christy posted on May 31 "Say after me...... "There is no such thing as a Taikonaut!"...."


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My Mandarin isn't very good Stella, so maybe you can enlighten us. Is "Taikonaut" an example of bad western journalese? What is the Chinese term for and astronaut? "Heavenly Flyer of the Celestial Realm"? :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:08 am 
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In official Chinese-language texts, "yǔ háng yuán" ( "space navigating personnel") is used for astronaut and cosmonaut, and "háng tiān yuán" ( "space navigating personnel") is specially used for Chinese astronaut.
The term 'taikonaut' is used by some English-language news media organizations for professional space travellers from China.[21] The word 'taikonaut' has been described as "a hybrid of the Chinese term taikong (space) and the Greek naut (sailor)".

I can see why Bob Christy frowns upon the use of the term.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:29 pm 
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That's what I like about English and that makes it so rich - it's a borrowing language. It's able to take words from other languages, some of them seemingly disparate, and conjoin them to create new words and new meanings. There are numerous examples.
Personally, being English-speaking, I have no problem with "Taikonaut" to distinguish from "Cosmonaut" and "Astronaut". In Mandarin, "Taikonaut" might not have a place, but in English anything goes. :D

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 Post subject: Re: China launch ..
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"but in English anything goes"

I'm sure Mr Gove wouldn't agree :D :lol:

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