‘Kow tow’ – did you know that?

If you hear the phrase to ‘kow tow’ to somebody, it means to bow down to get something you want, and it comes from the Chinese word ‘Ke tou’!

One thought on “‘Kow tow’ – did you know that?

  1. shaughey says:

    Chinese people used to bow down to the Emperor, touching their foreheads to the ground as a sign of respect. “叩头” (kòutóu) or “磕头” (kētóu) literally means “knock-head”.

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