ChineseLandrush.com did a blog post in their ongoing series of posts about the number 7.
Numerics in Chinese culture are incredibly popular for many reasons, such as being used as symbols, puns, references, and units of innate meaning. China’s culture has embraced the use of numerics, and having a foundational understanding of the role of numerics in Chinese culture can help you tremendously as you continue your journey of Chinese IDN investing.
Let’s take a look at the number seven.
Seven is pronounced “qī,” which is close to 气 (qì, meaning “anger”). Given this meaning, we can extrapolate that the number seven in Chinese culture is slightly unlucky. China’s culture is oft known for achieving and maintaining harmony in several aspects of life, so the number seven isn’t particularly a number that you would want to use when referring to, or using it to represent harmonious synonyms, such as peace, tranquility, and confidence.
The most common sound-alikes for the number seven are “together” and “to eat.”
The verb sound-alikes for the number seven is:
- To cheat
- To ride
As you can see, the number seven is used in many different puns, meanings, and references. So how does this explanation of the number seven in Chinese culture help you to wisely invest in Chinese numeric domains?
- Numerics that make up puns in Chinese culture will be recognizable to Chinese netizens. The better the pun, the more valuable your numeric string will be. Keep this in mind with the number seven!
- The number seven isn’t particularly lucky, or harmonious. Make sure to keep this in mind while registering numerics with seven involved.
- Utilize the number seven with other numbers correctly. Remember the innate meaning of the number seven, and make sure to pair it with other numbers that accurately represent the meaning of the numeric string, otherwise it will just be a garbled mess of numbers!
I found this interesting because in all my research I have found conflicting info on the number 7, it is not like 8 which everyone agrees is an excellent number and 4 which is undesirable. One blog post I read from a Chinese native speaker said 7 was second to 4 in being unlucky. Another website said it was lucky.