14 July 2012

涨 zhǎng or 控 kòng ?

zhǎng to rise (of prices, rivers) Radical: 水氵氺 

with the second tone   zhàng to swell / to distend

2011s "Character of the Year" according to Lianhe Zaobao's "Character of the Year" readers' poll. 4000 voters.

Kong, or 'control', is character of the year in China according to the BBC More than 1000000 voters.

kòng  to accuse / to charge / to control / to sue  Radical: 手扌

Both reports were published in mid-December 2011.  

So which is correct Character of the Year 2011?

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