Posted by Mockney Sparra on November 13, 2003
In Reply to: China posted by Sum Loo on November 13, 2003
: : : OK, I suspect I'm going to suffer for this one. I was buying china for my restaurant, when it occurred to me - like a lightening bolt of course - hehe, why is china, called china? Did it start in China? Was it invented in China?
: : Yes, me old china, it was.
: BTW - we are talking 'chinese porcelain' as in tea sets here.
: also - there is 'vitreous china' which is another name for the porcelain used in urinals and toilet bowls.
'china' is rhyming slang - china plate = mate.