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Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock?
Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage."
Sheldon: No it isn't. But I suppose it does take courage to demonstrate that kind of commitment to soup.
Penny: How'd you see it? You said you wouldn't look.
Sheldon: Sorry. As I told you, the hero always peeks.


Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (40 Votes)
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I've seen people who got a character they thought was correct when it wasn't. It wasn't a mixup because someone had two closely related words. It was about a tattoo artist who picked a "pretty" word and told people it meant something else to make money off of it.

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Check out series 1 episode 6 when cat Penny kisses Leonard in the hall

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er hello, i know it's a show about geeks but it is a COMEDY SHOW! I think the point most are missing is that it is a JOKE. Remember those (George W Bush for example)? It doesn't matter how it pronounced whether anyone had any concept of mandarin, pronunciation or no pronunciation it is a JOKE! no wonder you lot are in terminal decline

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The point of this is, if you are getting a foreign language/symbol tattooed on your body, know what the word/symbol is; otherwise, a tattoo artist with a sense of humor can put on anything.

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Chinese is my native tongue. And I have no idea why soup and courage is similar. Here's the character and pronunciation of the two characters: Soup: 湯
Courage: 勇
Mandarin pron. of "soup": t�ng
Mandarin pron. of "courage": yÇ’ng
Cantonese pron. of "soup": tong1
Cantonese pron. of "courage": jung5 How are they even similar?

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The two words: Soup and Courage are pronounced very similar in Chinese. They both sounds like TOUNG or TAUNG. I guess Penny asked the Chinese tattoo guy for courage but got soup instead. :-)

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There is only one way to settle this... we need to see the character for ourselves. Not that we'd ever see Penny's bare backside, but we can dream...

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Sheldon clearly saw only one part of the tattoo. After all he was slightly off target when trying to grab her arm.

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Sheldon can read Mandarin but it's his pronunciation that sucks. Not to mention Howard had helped him to learn to speak it and his Mandarin sucks even worse.

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Keep in mind that Sheldon's grasp of the Chinese language is suspect. Remember when he went into the Chinese restaurant to complain about the food. "Oxen are in my bed! Many, many oxen!"

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@ Glenn St-Germain

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The Big Bang Theory Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock?
Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage."
Sheldon: No it isn't. But I suppose it does take courage to demonstrate that kind of commitment to soup.
Penny: How'd you see it? You said you wouldn't look.
Sheldon: Sorry. As I told you, the hero always peeks.

If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed and I would be their king... I would be kind to my rabbit subjects... at first.... One day, I hold a great ball for the President of France, but the rabbits don't come. I'm embarrassed so I eat all the lettuce in the world.. and make the rabbits watch.

Raj
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