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Vomiting[edit]

The part about Singaporeans interchanging "Merlion" with "Vomiting" is completely untrue. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nagasaki7 (talkcontribs) 10:17, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

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"Merlioning" or "to do a merlion" is used as common slang, particularly amongst undergrads, for vomiting. A quick google search will show you. Can't find a good source, though singlishdictionary.com agrees with me. Shall cite this and remove the above comment in the coming fortnight if no one opposes.--Millionmice (talk) 11:50, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

"The" Merlion[edit]

Isn't the large statue on Sentosa Merlion? The reader might think the statue depicted here is the tourist draw, when the one on Sentosa (which you can ascend, has a short movie etc.) is the actual crowd pleaser. Marskell 17:26, 25 August 2005 (UTC)

The first (original) statue was constructed at Merlion Park, and was moved (in one piece) to its current location adjacent to One Fullerton. Thus, it is considered "the" Merlion, while the one on Sentosa is considered a replica. Secondly, to see the Merlion at One Fullerton is free, but to see the Merlion on Sentosa will involve an Island admission charge of S$2 and an admission charge of S$8 for the Merlion itself. ZhongHan 13:03, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

What is the native name for the Merlion? The article only mentions the English name. --Starwed 08:54, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Since English is one of the official (or native) languages of Singapore, and since Merlion is a 1964 creation by a native English speaker, there really is no "native name" for Merlion other than Merlion. There are however nicknames and translations in Chinese, Malay, Tamil among other languages. 82.123.157.185 01:54, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

Etymology[edit]

The article gives the etymology of Merlion as "mermaid + lion", but since "mermaid" itself is constructed from the latin root mer- (sea) and maid, isn't the etymology given here somewhat redundant? As in, shouldn't it simply be "mer + lion"? 82.123.157.185 01:57, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

I'd agree somewhat; A merman isn't a mermaid + man is it, and the lion is male. -fireryone 118.208.156.50 (talk) 09:48, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Dimensions[edit]

Does anyone have the demensions of the statue outside Fullerton Hotel? I think It would help the article for that data to be included. Picaroon9288 01:30, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

Merlion struck by lightning[edit]

Anyone can add more info on the Merlion getting struck by lightning? Chunchuan (talk) 13:12, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Merlion name in Malay[edit]

Why it is called Harimau Laut (Sea Tiger) in Malay? Isn't Singa Laut (lit. Sea Lion) more suitable? It is supposed to be half-lion, not half-tiger. Any explanation? Gombang (talk) 18:27, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Why does the Merlion spew water?[edit]

I am curious about the reason why the Merlion spews water. Is there any reason or folktale to explain so? --116.87.174.111 (talk) 15:31, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

The Manila Merlion[edit]

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According to this reference [1], on May 30, 1596, King Philip II of Spain gave the City of Manila her own specific coat of arms.

"On the upper half of the coat of arms is a castle of gold on a red field, with a door and windows in blue, atop the shield a crown. On the lower half, on a blue field is a figure half lion half dolphin in silver, with colored claws and tongue, the merlion holds in its paws an unsheathed sword..."

Isn't it the merlion first appeared in Manila than in Singapore and must be included in the article? The merlion is still kept in the modern city seal. Arius1998 (talk) 12:08, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

  1. ^ Ocampo, Ambeth (2012). Looking Back 6: Prehistoric Philippines. Mandaluyong City, Philippines: Anvil Publishing, Inc. p. 21. ISBN 978-971-27-2767-2.