Chapter 24: Rita Skeeter's Scoop

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Lìtǎ Sījītè de dújiā xīnwén
丽塔・斯基特 Lìtǎ Sījītè = 'Rita Skeeter'.
de = connecting particle
独家 dújiā = 'sole, exclusive'.
新闻 xīnwén = 'news'.
Rita Skeeter's Exclusive News
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Lìtǎ Shǐjī de dújiā bàodǎo
麗塔・史譏 Lìtǎ Shǐjī = 'Rita Skeeter'.
de = connecting particle
獨家 dújiā = 'sole, exclusive'.
報導 bàodǎo = 'report'.
Rita Skeeter's Exclusive Report
Riita Sukiitā no toku-dane
リータ・スキーター Riita Sukiitā = 'Rita Skeeter'.
no = 'connecting particle'.
特ダネ toku-dane = 'special source' = 'exclusive news, scoop'.
Rita Skeeter's Scoop
리타 스키터의 특종 기사
Lita Seukiteo-ui teugjong gisa
Pending Rita Skeeter's Exclusive News
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Tin giựt gân của Rita Skeeter tin = 'news, information'.
giựt gân = 'exciting, sensational'.
(Together tin giựt gân mean 'scoop'.)
của = 'of'.
Rita Skeeter (pronunciaiton: Ri-ta Xki-tơ).
Rita Skeeter's Scoop
Mongolian (new)
Рита Скитерийн шуугиан
Rita Skiteriin shuugian
Рита Скитер Rita Skiter = 'Rita Skeeter' (-ийн -iin Genitive form).
шуугиан shuugian = 'ruction, clamour, ruckus, uproar'.
Rita Skeeter's Commotion

Rita Skeeter

Rita's name is interesting in English because (1) 'Rita' and 'Skeeter' rhyme for speakers who don't pronounce the 'r' in 'Skeeter' (many British, Australian, New Zealand, South African, and New England speakers) and (2) 'Skeeter' sounds like 'mosquito' — an annoying blood-sucking insect.


Despite having press establishments noted for strict political control, China and Vietnam both have words to express this most aggressive of journalistic tactics.

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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