to check; to verify; to test; to examine
learn by heart; the back of the body; to be burdened; to carry on the back or shoulder
|simp. and trad.
- The Mandarin pronunciation of these two characters approximates the sound of the original Min Nan word: khàu-pē (哭父), lit. to mourn the death of one's father; the phrase is also a crude way to curse someone (i.e. to hope that a person is placed in the position of having to mourn the loss of a parent).
- (Taiwan) May your parents rot!
- 1965: Pai Hsien-yung, Taipei People, A Sea of Blood-red Azaleas
- The characters are only used for their associated pronunciations. The original meanings of the characters are ignored in this case.