Saturday, May 29, 2010

Term: Shanghai

According to, here is the definition for the use of word "shanghai."

–verb (used with object),-haied, -hai·ing. Nautical.
to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.

—Can be confused: hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.

Term: Hijacked

According to, here are the definitions for the term "hijacked."

–verb (used with object)
1. to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey.
2. to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.
3. to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
4. to skyjack.

–verb (used without object)
5. to engage in such stealing or seizing.

6. an act or instance or hijacking.

—Can be confused: hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.

Terms: Shanghai = China

The term "Shanghai" is used loosely to represent "China" as a whole. Since the city of Shanghai is the financial center of China, and the name works well with the term "hijack", it is chosen to represent the entire China. Furthermore, the term "shanghaied," when used as a verb, carries a negative connotation that is not very far from the term "hijacked." Marrying the two words together to describe the atrocities committed by malicious Chinese printers is nothing short of perfect.