Just 3.6 percent of Taipei’s street names need apostrophes. But those that need them really do need them, and Taipei’s ill-advised, counterproductive, and downright annoying InTerCaPiTaLiZaTion on street signs is no substitute for doing things right.
Because Taipei continues to omit required apostrophes from street names, one of the city’s main thoroughfares is labeled the Mandarin equivalent of Hot-Milk Road. This is because according to the rules of Hanyu Pinyin RENAI is RE+NAI, not REN+AI. Thus, rather than a road named after rén’ài (love for one’s fellow man; humanity; ??), Taipei has rèn?i (hot milk) road (???).
I’m not going to bother giving all of the misleading readings, as I did in my earlier entry on mistakes in Taipei’s MRT system. But there are plenty of awkward results of Taipei’s mistakes.
Below are all of Taipei’s street names that require an apostrophe. Almost all of these contain the character ? (an).
Note the tone marks on Tóng’?n St. (???) and T?ng’?n St. (???). More about those in a later entry.
|Chinese characters||Pinyin and English mix|
|????||Chang’an E. Rd.|
|????||Chang’an W. Rd.|