Chop chop (phrase)

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"Chop chop" is a phrase rooted in Cantonese. It spread through Chinese workers at sea.[1] It was adopted by English seamen.[2] "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.[3]

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).[4] Or it may come from Malay. See the detailed discussion at Language Log[5]

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