藏宝用字

藏宝用字 [藏寶用字] —— How’s this as a Chinese title for “Things Beyond Z”? Does that work? Any suggestions for improvements or an alternative? Would 拥 or 永 work better? (This is yet another of those attempts that I really should’ve left to a native speaker or least consulted one before posting, but I couldn’t resist.)


藏 / zàng / depository
宝 [寶] / bǎo / treasure
用 / yòng / to use, usefulness
字 / zì / letter,symbol,character,word
用字 / yòngzì / to use letters
包藏 / bāocáng / to contain, to harbor, to conceal


As a German title I’ll use “Nicht allein das ABC”, taken from Wilhelm Busch‘s Max und Moritz.

(Translations/titles in other languages I’d be very interested in, by the way.)

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5 thoughts on “藏宝用字

  1. snazzy google plugins on your homepage! I laughed when you said “This is yet another of those attempts that I really should’ve left to a native speaker or least consulted one before posting, but I couldn’t resist.”— isn’t that just how it goes? If you’re wanting to grab the attention of genuine Chinese bookworms, you need to find a native speaker who can grasp the spirit of what you’re evoking in the other languages (i.e. references to literature) and then point you to a snazzy title. On the other hand, I think there’s magic in non-native speakers like us in trying to play around with Hanzi in a fun and novel way—-I think 藏宝用字 is cool– you even managed to make it start with ‘Z’!

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    1. I actually considered that. 诗和远方 would work maybe, and there’s never a shortage of idioms (Many thanks for making the case for them, by the way!) 一字之师 seems a bit much. 总而言之 maybe. But just as you said… At least I’m just trying for short phrases now.

      That also reminds me of something I’ve,discovered on archive.org:

      https://archive.org/details/StoriesAndMythsOfEightImmortals_201501

      Would’ve been a shame if somebody had “corrected” the English there, I think. Still, there’s a time and place for these things. (that book could’ve probably used a foreword by a native speaker of English)

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      1. Do you often go exploring on archive.org? You’ve uncovered some gems there and I wondered how you come across them— searching keywords?

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      2. Used to. Not lately though. I found so much interesting stuff that I havent even manage to post a short description for yet. There’s links to most somewhere around here.

        This one I found just by searching for “eight immortals” (for a possible idiom pic). But generally, well…, it’s mainly that I’m just really quite good at research when I put my mind to it. 😎

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