CANTO SLANG: EPISODE 9
Another oldie but a goodie…. All this nostalgia is making me feel old =P
WEAR GREEN HAT
WTF is that? Let’s think back… Have you ever seen a Chinese man wear a green hat before? In fact, have you ever seen green hats sold in China? NO? It’s not a statistical oddity or coincidence.
WEAR GREEN HAT ORIGINS:
This one dates back to ancient China, or so they say.
According to Wikipedia, in the Yuan dynasty, the sumptuary laws in China made compulsory that males in households with prostitutes wear green head scarves. The green scarves later became green hats, and so consequently, nowadays, if a man is said to “wear a green hat” or is given a green hat, it would hint or indicate that their wife is an adulteress.
Share it if you liked it and guys, don’t wear a green hat in China or else you’ll be the focal point of pointing fingers and snickering behind your back… Check out the other Cantonese Slang lessons too =)