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A slightly silly joke courtesy of the March 2006 print issue of Youth Digest.

I’m not actually 100% sure about 威廉期 meaning “Williams”. This is most certainly a name, 威廉 is most certainly “William”, and 期 is most certainly the character “Qi”, however, these characters put together might be some kind of transliteration for a slightly different English surname, like Williamson or something. As usual, grappling with English / Chinese name transliteration is a pain.

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威廉期 – wēi lián qī – William Qi / Williams
墨西哥 – mò xī gē – Mexico
奇怪 – qí guài – Strange
胡子 – hú zi – Beard
黑黢黢 – hēi qū qū – Black, dark black
好奇 – hào qí – Curious


威廉期先生到墨西哥旅行,一天,他在大街上看到了一个奇怪的人。 该人的头发长的雪白,而胡子黑黢黢的。 他好奇的上前问道, “为什么您的头发这么白,而胡子却这样黑呢?”

那人回答,“这有什么奇怪,头发比胡子年长20岁,能一样吗?”

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Mr. Williams was traveling in Mexico. One day, he saw a very strange man on the street. This person’s hair was snow white, however his beard was black. He curiously went up and asked, “Why is your hair white, but your beard is black?”

The man answered, “What’s weird about that? My hair is 20 years older than my beard, how could they be the same?”



4 comments to "White Hair, Black Beard"

  1. Such a pity, Friend Feed was very attractive in its curenrt incarnation and was pulling at me to indulge in it a lot more until the uncertainty arose over its future after the Facebook buyout.The reply you quoted is also less than satisfactory.I guess the only thing left is a name change to FriendFED

  2. Reply Friendzy Familyzy says: October 6, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Maybe his hair was growing then he shaved his beard off, by the time his hair was white his beard had grown and it was black.

  3. Reply meisjedatchineesleert says: February 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Does 而。。。却 belong together in Chinese grammar?


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