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January 28th, 2007
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Knowledge against research
At work Friday, I was curious about a fairly simple fact, but none of the three people at work who might know did in fact know. Not too surprising, but they were the only ones at work who might know. If it'd been a critical matter, I'm sure they could have talked to other co-workers, or I could have, in an ever-spreading circle.. and then the information once found would eventually get passed back to me once someone who knew was found, assuming there weren't meant dead branches to the informational tree.

Now, this is something I could look up right now. I have the power of the Internet, and with Google and Wikipedia at my fingertips, I could know this in under five minutes. But that's not personal knowledge. It's research. I was fairly certain that somewhere this would be a known fact, that it could be reached without looking it up.

So, of course, I'm turning to LiveJournal. This is a challenge of sorts, to others. The rules are simple.

1. If you know the answer to the question, post it here.
2. If you don't, you can ask someone you know whom is likely to know the answer.
3. You can't look it up in a reference work, except to confirm the answer. If you thought you knew, and when looking it up your idea was wrong, you can't give me the answer.

Got it? This is to see who knows this, for whom this is intrinsic knowledge. To make it interesting, I will award a prize: 2 months of paid LJ time to the first person who can post answer as a response, or the equivalent ($5) in some form.

So, the question.

What is the Chinese word for 'mongoose'? (Any dialect is fine, pronunciation or written character is fine.)

And yes, I know it's a question that's zero surprise I'd ask.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:tyrrlin
Date:January 28th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Grr...

Why didn't you ask this question six months ago? One of my coworkers at the time is Chinese and would have been able to answer that instantly. However, I don't know, sorry.

Wanna know the Korean word for it? I can ask another co-worker. :-)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 29th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
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Well, I wouldn't mind knowing the Korean word neither. :)
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From:drakegrey
Date:January 28th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Dang it, Ming Li, the network administrator I used to work with at Parsons, would know.

Can't you send that question down the Time Tunnel to the Drake of 1987? He could use $5. :)

--Drake
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 29th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
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If I could send money to the past, I'd be doing such tricks with compound interest, Drake. :)

--Chiaroscuro
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From:octantis
Date:January 28th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
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My mom might know, but I won't be able to ask her until Monday. Of course, she might not even know what a mongoose is. She might mistake it for a weasel.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 29th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
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Possible. Of my immediate Chinese co-workers, Hao didn't know what one was as Mitchell (Who's U.S. born, bilingual) barely knew what one was and hadn't any idea of the Chinese word. It's not like 'dog' or 'cow' where assuredly every native speaker would know what mongooses are.

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From:horsewoofie
Date:January 31st, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
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Would it be cheating to use what Chinese zoologists would call them in taxonomy?

Actually it doesn't matter. I had to look that one up, too. :)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 31st, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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*hees*

Unless Chinese taxonomy would be different than standard Western Taxonomy.. and you had to look it up anyhoo. ;)

--Chiaroscuro
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