Chinese Tuesdays: Old man one ball
Cancer is no joke, but don't tell that to my friend Bai Heng. We were walking together on Friday night when he dropped a bombshell on me.
"Actually, my friend just found out he has cancer."
"OK, wow. How old is he?"
"He's thirty. It's 睾丸癌症." (gāowánáizhèng – testicular cancer)
"Damn, that's terrible!" I said.
"It's not so bad." A smile crept across his lips. "They had to remove one testicle. But hey, he's still got one left."
I nodded and Bai Heng paused for comedic effect.
"Now we all just call him 剩蛋老人." (shèngdànlǎorén – literally, "leftover ball old man", and an exact homophone for Santa Claus, 圣诞老人)