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777: Chief exec-elect Carrie Lam’s vote count inspires obscene Cantonese puns

Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam’s victorious vote count of 777 in Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership election on Sunday has inspired obscene Cantonese puns.

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The Cantonese word for “seven” is phonetically similar to an obscene word meaning “penis.” Thus “penis penis penis” began trending online shortly after the results were announced. As a verb or an adjective, the word also refers to “stupidity” or a “blunder.”

Cantonese-speaking reporters at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – where the election was held – were heard laughing as the figure was read by Electoral Commission officials.

Lam appeared hesitant as her number of votes was announced. Questioned by reporters later, she said: “You reporters always exaggerate my facial expression.”

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Photo: Apple Daily screenshot.

Rita Fan, the staunchly pro-Beijing former president of the Legislative Council, however, said that 777 was a “lucky number.”

‘365 days’

Defeated rival John Tsang, who received 365 votes, also bore the brunt of memes. “He is lazy 365 days a year, and that’s why he got 365 votes,” read a message circulating on Whatsapp.

#我真係恭喜你呀#大家有個好撚柒特首#柒柒柒#永恆的柒

Dikirim oleh 豬屎新聞 Juicy News pada 25 Maret 2017

In 2012, the number of votes received by Lam’s predecessor, incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, stuck with him as a nickname for his entire team. He received 689 votes.

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File photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The other candidate, Woo Kwok-hing, received 21 votes.

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777: Chief exec-elect Carrie Lam's vote count inspires obscene Cantonese puns