This is a funny one. There is a guy in my companys Chinese office whose first name is 超(Chao) and he unusually told my friend to call him by this name.
Sometime later someone else in the office suggested that he stop doing so because the way he was pronouncing it sounded like an insult! Now listing to him tell this story I listened to the way he pronounced it and it sounded maybe third or second tone in the way that it came out rather than the first tone it would normally be.
Thing is I've looked up 3rd and 2nd tone Chao‘s but found nothing that seems insulting. Can anyone shed any light on this for me as I'd hate to make that mistake....
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