Saturday, June 30, 2007

word for the day

Haberdashery: a shop selling small wears and sewing notions.

I think today was the first time I'd seen this word, though that's surprising, since I now know that quite a few shops in Sham Shui Po (my favorite crafty shopping destination) have the word in their name.

The sign on this store is one of many examples of how big, little-used or technical English words seem to pop up quite frequently in Hong Kong... which is ironic, as it seems to me that in countries where the majority of the population are native English speakers (or at least in N. America), simpler terms are usually preferred.

1 comment:

Crabby Rangoon said...

I was wandering the streets of SSP 3 days last week. Love that district.