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#208584 - 12/31/12 03:16 PM Re: cumshaw variant [Re: wwh]
Definition: Handout to beggars
Not being Chinese, I've lived in China, off and on, for over 20 years. I have never seen "cumshaw" in print until your E-mail.
Very few of the Chinese I know (from all over China) ever even heard of it. It most certainly is not used in Chinese as a "tip" or a "gift".
The word probably originated in China among foreigners, especially tourists and beggars. While in China, I have come across the word numerous times. The word was always pronounced "kumashaw". And, was never used in any sense than the arabic "baksheesh". And, only in the sense of a "handout to beggars."
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