taikonaut

See also: Taikonaut

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The term was coined on 19 May 1998 by Chiew Lee Yih (Mandarin: (trad.) / (simpl.) Zhào Lǐyù) from Malaysia, who used it first in newsgroups. Almost simultaneously, Chen Lan coined it for use in the Western media based on Mandarin (太空 tàikōng), space. (Source: Mail & Guardian) This follows the pattern established by the terms astronaut and cosmonaut (which share the -naut suffix) for having different terms for space workers denoting country of origin.

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: tai‧ko‧naut

NounEdit

taikonaut (plural taikonauts)

  1. A person who travels in space for the Chinese space program; a Chinese astronaut.
    • 2003, Peter Schwartz, Inevitable Surprises, p x.
      The past decade has seen remarkable events and changes: ... The Columbia disaster and a Chinese taikonaut in orbit

External linksEdit

"Taikonaut" at Word Spy: http://www.wordspy.com/words/taikonaut.asp

SynonymsEdit

  • hangtianyuan
  • yuhangyuan (宇航员)

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Last modified on 15 February 2014, at 13:01