Chop chop (phrase)
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"Chop chop" is a phrase rooted in Cantonese. It spread through Chinese workers at sea. It was adopted by English seamen. "Chop chop" refers to "hurry, hurry" and means something should be done now, advance and without any delay. The word "chopsticks" likely originates from this root.
This term may have its origins in the South China Sea, as a Pidgin English version of the Chinese term k'wâi-k'wâi (Chinese: 快快; pinyin: kuài kuài). Or it may come from Malay. See the detailed discussion at Language Log
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2013. "chop-stick, n.2." Accessed on June 26, 2013.