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爆冷门 (Bàolěngmén) To have an unexpected winner (Advanced)

Jun. 24, 2010

爆冷门 (Bàolěngmén) To have an unexpected winner

 

Origin:

“爆冷门 (bàolěngmén)” appeared first in casinos. Most people put their stakes on the popular side, and the opposite of the popular side got little attention by gamblers. This unpopular side was called “冷门 (lěngmén).” “爆 (bào)” means to produce  (an unexpected result). “冷 (lěng)” means cold literally, but here it means unpopular “门 (mén)” means door.

Examples: 

    Ruìshì bàolěngmén yíng le yǔ Xībānyá de bǐsài, zhè shì tāmen zài lìshǐ shàng shǒucì 
1. 瑞士    爆冷门          赢   了 与   西班牙  的 比赛,这 是  他们   在  历史    上     首次 
    dǎbài Xībānyá.
    打败   西班牙。

 

    Switzerland was the unexpected winner in the match with Spain. This is the first time they
    defeat Spain in history.  

    Jīnnián de jīnmǎ jiǎng bào le gè dà lěngmén.
2. 今年     的  金马   奖     爆  了个 大 冷门。

 

    This year’s Gold Horse Award had a really unexpected winner.

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Comments

Good point. I hadn’t thgohut about it quite that way. :)

Such a deep aneswr! GD&RVVF

Genial dispatch and this mail helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you as your information.

It’s interesting, why a sheep is not a sheep any more in the word “black sheep” after translated into Chinese? Is that because Chinese people prefer to raise horse rather than sheep?

In my Chinese learning lessons, I learned that a dark horse is called 黑马 in Chinese. And it reminds me of another word- “black sheep”; although it is a sheep, but the word is translated as 害群之马 into Chinese.

The unexpected winner is called a dark horse; so how to say dark horse in Chinese?

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