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canteen / can ting ?

Posted by ericmacknight September 17, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: etymology

Hi folks,

Apparently the Chinese 餐厅 "can ting" (dining hall, restaurant) is from the English "canteen" (which is from Italian, "cantina"), but I'm really only guessing here. Does anyone know for sure whether "can ting" comes from "canteen", and if so, when it began to be used in Chinese? (I think the characters above are correct, but I'm not sure.)

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