October 18, 2005

Typhoon Long Wang

On the Tonight Show tonight Jay Leno made fun of the fact that the latest typhoon in China is typhoon "Long Wang", saying that the Chinese are evidently running out of names. (For our non-native English-speaking readers, the joke is that wang is a slang term for the male member.) What Jay probably doesn't know is that "Long Wang" is 龍王 "Dragon King". It's a very appropriate name for a typhoon since it's the epithet of the Rain God. And it's best not to make fun of dragons.

Posted by Bill Poser at October 18, 2005 12:12 AM