Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What's in a name?


In the spring of 2010, I was offered shares in a new issue of a Chinese recycled paper company called Fook Woo. Unimpressed by its credentials, I declined, thereby missing a swift 26% profit from its first week of trading. Since then it has had a volatile run and is currently suspended, 40% below its issue price, as some of its employees have been charged with embezzlement and/or fraud. I admit that the company name did put me off and it now appears that there was truth in the name...

5 Comments:

Blogger Angus said...

There again ....The food at Ho Lee Fook at Worlds End in Chelsea can be quite good.

9:29 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

Ah a relation of that well known gentleman, Mr.Woo who could tell you what to do....

11:33 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

LOL Angus

HNY KL!

11:45 am  
OpenID yingguosuojiblog.com said...

You may be surprised -- the company name is called 福和. In Mandarin, it is pronounced Fu He, though in Cantonese, it is pronounced as Fook Woo.

福和 is a brilliant name in Chinese. 福 means happiness; 和 means peace/ harmony.

You will see this character 福 very often during the Chinese new year. Just make sure you say it in a rising tone, i.e., the second tone!

福: The character can be explained as, from left to right, God + one plot of land.

和: Again, from left to right, Crop + mouth.

It is a free Chinese lesson for your happiness!

Best regards,

Janet

11:00 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Happy New Year Janet and many thanks for that interesting comment. Hope you are well and still enjoying your hens.

8:55 am  

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