Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam’s victorious vote count of 777 in Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership election on Sunday has inspired obscene Cantonese puns.
The Cantonese word for “seven” is phonetically similar to an obscene word meaning “penis.” Thus “penis penis penis” began trending online shortly after the results were announced. As a verb or an adjective, the word also refers to “stupidity” or a “blunder.”
Carrie Lam get 777 votes to clinch Hong Kong chief executive post. Cue the NSFW Canto puns? https://t.co/Am6pqWFLHD
— Emily Rauhala (@emilyrauhala) March 26, 2017