Thursday, July 14, 2005

'4' means die ?

4 means die (in Cantonese) ?

I was in Kula Lumpur (KL) recently and noticed that there was no 4th floor optoin in several elevators. The numbers ran like this: 2, 3, 3A, 5.. I asked around and was told that the number 4 is unpopular amongst Chinese because in Cantonese four means die. So, the buildings that are owned by Chinese generally avoid number 4.

I was told by my Chinese friend that, in Cantonese

  • Four means die
  • Fourteen means Sure die
  • Twenty Four means Easy die
  • Thirty Four means Live & die
  • Forty Four means Die die
  • Fifty Four means No die

This brought back the memory of a similar scenario in US. In the old IBM office building in Columbus, OH was there was no 13th floor. It simply ran 11, 12, 14, 15..

Now, what's the unlucky / unpopular number amongst Indians? Is it Number 8?