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How to account for the novel use of  dǎ (打) in words such as 打貪, 打黑 and 打假?
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打貪 (anti-corruption), 打黑 (anti-gangster), 打假 (anti-counterfeiting) and 打私 (anti-smuggling) are disyllable words derived from phrases or sentences, and called abbreviation. The verb 打 (hit) is usually followed by a target. Normally, the target is a patient. In these cases, the targets are criminal activities.

answered Apr 9, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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