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Word of the Day - "夫妻臉"

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夫妻臉 ( liǎn) refers to a husband and wife couple whose faces look very similar.

It makes sense, in a way. In general, most of us are attracted to others who look more similar to our own likeness than average. This is part of the reason why people are generally attracted to partners of their own race. And we're attracted to partners who are of the same (or similar) level of attractiveness as ourselves.

This piece of brain lint was brought to you by Work.

Every once in a while, in the CCs of company e-mail, there appeared a female name that had the same surname as one of my Bosses ... not my Direct Report Boss, but the Departmental Big Boss With Three Non-Punctuated Letters In All Uppercase And A Slightly Smaller Type Size After His Name. I know he's been married for a while, because the whole office was laughing at him one day in mid-March when he remembered his wedding anniversary at 1645h and his assistant was helping him think of where he could pick up flowers on the way home =D =D

But this lady with the same last name was based in another office and I usually don't see her name enough to remember to wonder too often.

At first, I thought she was his wife. Then one day, she was in our office for a meeting. I was never formally introduced, but I did hear someone refer to her by first name and I knew it was her. She looked A LOT like him. And I kinda giggled inwardly...

Hehe... 夫妻臉 =)

But it turns out, I was wrong. They're siblings. =)

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drsaddam
Apr. 11th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
Hehe...I know what you mean. People would say one of my HK girl friends and I looked very similar. But then I'm attracted to women of all races.
ducks
Apr. 11th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't see it, but people say PB and I have 夫妻臉.
bokane
Apr. 11th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
And we're attracted to partners who are of the same (or similar) level of attractiveness as ourselves.

Correction: Kun is much better looking than I am.
But maybe I'm just shallow that way.
rcantilles
Apr. 11th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
I always crack up when I hear this one. If Robin and I start to look like one another, I think I'll be severely disturbed.
bride
Apr. 11th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
You'd think it's not possible, but I have met two guys (one Italian, one Chinese) who both looked incredibly similar. They didn't know each other though, it was at two different highschools =)
razorw
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Its pretty dangerous and sometimes offensive to make assumptions. =P

The person who interviewed me was Kyle. Their middle name was Janine. How I didn't clue in that it would make Kyle female is beyond me, but until I met her, I thought Kyle was a he. =P

In any case, how did you find out that they were siblings? --Ray
bride
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Absolutely. Which is why I won't say anything until I'm reasonably sure.

I was asking someone what the general company feeling was towards husband and wife working together. Because the husband and I had been talking on and off about working together.

I wanted to know if they'd be okay with him working there in Dev while I was in QA. I was expecting a "no" because the other husband/wife people didn't work in the same group. The person I talked to brought up that they were brother and sister.
razorw
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
Personally, I don't know if I could deal with working so close to someone I love ..

But I understand how some people can manage, and it works well for them.

Its interesting though .. how answers just some times answers bubble up to the surface. --Ray
athanata
Apr. 17th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
"In general, most of us are attracted to others who look more similar to our own likeness than average. This is part of the reason why people are generally attracted to partners of their own race."

really? i don't find that to be true. at least, i think it tends to be in terms of what we grow up thinking to be attractive - in terms of media exposure, and family exposure.
bride
Apr. 17th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
True enough. But I think studies still show that statistically even in culturally diverse areas, interracial couples are still in the minority. I could be wrong though.
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