What does Mandarin mean?

Reply Mon 2 Apr, 2012 08:56 pm
What does Mandarin mean? The same as Chinese or a specific language?
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Reply Tue 3 Apr, 2012 01:17 am
It is also a citrus fruit which looks like this:


I have a mandarin tree in my backyard.
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Reply Tue 3 Apr, 2012 01:23 am

A mandarin. One of the class of people who were the administrators of the Chinese government for a thousand years or so, until the Chinese Revolution overthrew the emperor in the early part of the 20th century, a self-perpetuating ruling class chosen by high performance in rigorous exams in the Chinese classics. Mandarin was the standardized language they spoke, no matter what Chinese dialect might have been their tongue by birth. Nice threads
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