How America got its name?

Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Christopher Columbus was a food lover. When he was sailing, he always had a Hong Kong Chef on board the ship.

One day in 1492, they discovered land seen from a far. All crew and Columbus was exited and trying to name the “new-found-land” while approaching it. They were naming while Columbus rejected all.

This Chef was woken up by all these noise and and walked up the deck while grumbling in Cantonese “係乜嘢來咔?” (hai mat-je lai kaa). This is translated as “What is it?”. And that truely caught Columbus attention, and ask the Chef to repeat. So he did, “係乜嘢來咔?” (hai mat-je lai kaa). Immediately Columbus knew this is the name for the newfoundland. So its named… America.

It’s shocking isn’t it? To know America came from Cantonese.

But don’t ask me the name of the Chef. No one remembered.

Moral of the story: Be the best you can be, only the best are remembered. Columbus and America are remembered but not the Chef. I am sure you can’t name your great-great-grandfather, unless he left you millions. If you want to be remembered, leave a legacy.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. LinChong  |  Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 2:40 pm

    what a great translation to get a name like that… hehehe… 🙂

  • 2. Tiam Sen  |  Tuesday 5 August 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Billy, is a wonderful sharing, I love it. Well, one heart felt sincere encouragement can change a person, a group life forever. One careless destructive insulation aim until to the family, down the line can destroy the new ambition of a person, a group of what they are doing.
    我們還是好朋友,讓我們碰面時,收发电子邮件時,相互激勵励,推動,打氣對力,彼此鼓勵加油,喚醍沉睡就要消失的鬥志,团结合作,在人生旅程裏,再幹一場,一同改造不好的環境,更好地去繼續努力至到我們成功為止,有更好的將來。YES! Billy my comment until here, all the best to you.


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